Cuts to Community Employment Schemes will have significant consequences - Crowe
Dublin South West Sinn Féin TD, Seán Crowe speaking at a rally outside Leinster House today said that cuts to Community Employment Schemes (CES) announced in Budget 2012 will have serious implications for people on the schemes and those communities who depend on their services.
Deputy Crowe said: “Cuts announced in this week’s budget will impact on schemes across the country and see local community resource centres that assist thousands of people forced to close their doors for good.
“These schemes are sponsored by voluntary boards of management and running costs are covered from within the materials and training budget. It is looking even more likely that the 2011 budget cuts will mean that sponsoring a CE scheme is no longer viable.
“The information I have received suggests that the network of 24 Congress Resource Centres around the country could also see closures as a result of these cuts.
The centres - which are currently run with support from FAS - provide advice on social welfare and work-related issues, along with training programmes to some 500,000 people every year.
“They also house many community and voluntary services that may also be forced to cease operating in the event of closures.
“It looks like we are faced with another government which seems intent on cutting of the supports of some of our most vulnerable citizens.
There are approximately 22,000 people availing of Community Employment Schemes. Their training is provided to assist with basic skills that will eventually lead to fulltime employment.
Community Employment participants provide key services for the unemployed and their families and much of this will be lost due to cuts.