Denise Mitchell TD calls for end to Government’s ‘disastrous’ JobPath scheme
Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Bay North Denise Mitchell has called for the scrapping of the Department of Social Protection’s JobPath programme saying it is "nothing more than a money-making scheme for private companies which ignores those most in need of support to re-enter the workforce".
Speaking in the Dáil this evening, Deputy Mitchell said:
“JobPath is nothing more than an attempt to privatise and outsource our social welfare system and it has been a complete disaster.
“These companies are only interested in is making a profit. They get paid a registration fee for every jobseeker on their books.
“It has decimated many of our Community Employment schemes because people who would have preferred to work in a CE Scheme found themselves being threatened with having their dole cut if they did not sign-up to JobPath instead.
Deputy Mitchell also outlined how JobPath seems to ignore lower-skilled unemployed persons:
“We see teachers who are working part-time or as substitutes and other skilled workers being shoved into jobs that actually don't suit them whatsoever, simply so these companies can collect their job sustainment fee.
“So we have the bizarre situation where a Government funded back-to-work scheme is actually ignoring those who are most in need of supports because there is no financial gain to be made off of them as it is more difficult hep them re-enter employment. That is totally wrong.
“Minister, this scheme is a complete and utter joke – it has been since day one.
“We need to end the privatisation of our social welfare system and this ridiculous scheme needs to be scrapped.”