11,000 jobseekers referred to JobPath for a second 52 week stint – Brady
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has raised alarm at the fact that 11,000 jobseekers have been referred to JobPath for a second time having already completed the 52 weeks.
Teachta Brady said:
“In recent weeks, I have been contacted by a number of constituents who have been requested to engage with JobPath for a second time, despite having already completed the 52 week scheme.
“On raising the matter with Minister Regina Doherty through a Parliamentary Question, I am informed that as many as 11,000 people have commenced a second engagement period with JobPath.
“I am informed that any person who completed the 52 weeks with the JobPath scheme can be re-called to engage with the scheme again after a four month period. This is something that was never highlighted when the scheme was introduced.
“I am informed by those who are engaging for the second time, that they are doing the exact same tasks that they did the first time around. This is totally ridiculous.
“The Minister, in her reply also states that on engaging for a second time, a new Personal Progression Plan is developed. The signing of this plan by a participant releases the initial payment from the Department to the JobPath provider. So, I can only assume that JobPath providers are being paid twice for the same person.
“This is something that the Minister needs to clarify. If it is the case then the JobPath providers have an even sweeter deal, being paid on the double for 11,000 people.”