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Minister’s changes to JobPath will not facilitate access to other schemes – John Brady TD

23 April, 2018 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has said that Minister Doherty’s changes to JobPath will not facilitate moves to Community Employment and other schemes as participants will still remain under JobPath.

Speaking this morning, Teachta Brady said:

“On reading the headline, Minister Doherty’s JobPath announcement appears to reflect exactly what Sinn Féin called for in our recently published Dáil motion however, the good news ends there.

“The changes will not mean that participants can move from JobPath to Community Employment (CE), Tús or a Rural Social Scheme (RSS) but instead they will be allowed to engage part-time with these schemes and remain with JobPath."This means thatJobPath participants who take up another scheme will be treated in a similar way to those who are engaged with JobPath and have part-time jobs.

“This means that those who engage with CE, Tús or RSS will also have to engage with JobPath and they will have to continue meeting with their JobPath Advisor around their work on these other schemes.

“Unsurprisingly, Fianna Fáil has taken credit for this move by Minister Doherty citing their own Bill which aims to allow JobPath participants to opt out of JobPath in order to take part in CE, Tús or RSS. The changes announced do not allow this.

“Minister Doherty’s announcement will see JobPath continue as normal. 

"This announcement will not allow participants to leave JobPath in order to take up another scheme it will simply force people to engage with two schemes at the one time. 

"For the Local Employment Service, this announcement means nothing.

“Sinn Féin will pursue our own motion calling for an end to the compulsory nature of JobPath for existing participants affording choice for those who wish to take up available places on other schemes.”

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