Fine Gael standing by failed JobPath scheme – John Brady TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has criticised the Government for standing by the failed JobPath scheme.
JobPath is a job activation scheme delivered by private companies Turas Nua and Seetec based on a ‘payment by results’ model which has seen both companies receive more than €160 million in taxpayers’ money, to date.
Speaking following the debate, Teachta Brady said:
“It is hugely disappointing, but not at all surprising that Fine Gael have chosen to stand by the JobPath scheme despite ample evidence against Turas Nua and Seetec being repeatedly brought to their attention, including during tonight’s debate.
“The fact is JobPath has failed. It has cost the taxpayer millions and it has caused untold damage to existing community based schemes, including the Adult Guidance Service, the Local Employment Service, Community Employment and Job Clubs.
“In essence, the Government have ignored the calls from the Local Employment Service and Community Employment who have seen huge drops in referrals since the commencement of JobPath.
"In particular, the growing number of vacancies on CE schemes is hugely detrimental to local services, which only for Community Employment would not exist to benefit so many of our communities.
“Fine Gael has chosen their side tonight. They have chosen to continue with a scheme whose sole objective is to make money on the back of jobseekers.
"However, they have failed to convince the Dáil of any merit to keeping JobPath in its current form and with Fianna Fáil’s support; the Motion to end the mandatory nature of JobPath and any further referrals should pass.
“This is a significant milestone for job activation in this State. The majority of this Dáil do not support JobPath and this Motion should be acted upon by Minister Doherty and her Government.”