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Sinn Féin publishes end to JobPath policy document - John Brady TD

4 April, 2019 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has this afternoon published his party’s policy document which forms part of Sinn Féin’s campaign to seek an end to JobPath with practical proposals, as to what can replace it.

Teachta Brady said:

“Aside from the controversial nature of the private companies involved, we have two main issues with JobPath – the use of the payment by results model, and the work-first approach pursued by both companies.

“To date JobPath has cost the taxpayer over €162.55 million, with people being referred to the scheme for a second and third time having already completed the scheme in full.

“This means that Turas Nua and Seetec are receiving the initial referral fee (€311) on two or three occasions for the same individual.

“As regards the number of people sourcing employment through JobPath – 11,334 people have been in sustained employment for 12 months or more.

“The figures also tell us that around 117,000 referred have found no employment.

“JobPath continues to be detrimental to all other existing community based schemes and in particular to Community Employment (CE) and the Local Employment Service (LES).

“CE vacancies are sky high and they haven’t the people to fill them and the LES are seeing their referrals down across the State.

“Our Dáil Motion to end referrals to JobPath and end the mandatory nature of the service was passed in February with cross-party support. Minister Regina Doherty is refusing to honour the democratic wishes of the Dáil – this must happen.”

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