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Stanley challenges minister on Community Employment and lone parents cuts

8 February, 2012 - by Brian Stanley TD

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on the environment, community & local government, Brian Stanley TD has challenged Minister Joan Burton on proposed cuts to Community Employment (CE) schemes and in particular the cuts affecting lone parents.

Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Stanley said:

“Twelve months ago a lone parent with three children who was working on a CE Scheme would have received €504 per week. That income has now been cut to €297 per week.

“This government made a decision in Budget 2012 to cut CE Schemes by €41 million while at the same time increasing the budget to TÚS by €54 million. TÚS has no training and no education aspect and does not aim to bring people back into full time employment. It was a very expensive short term headline grabbing exercise. If this government was serious about supporting job creation it would invest the money in CE. CE has a proven track record in supporting people and providing essential services for our communities.

“Many Labour Party TDs were themselves involved in establishing and managing CE Schemes. These same TDs now stand over cuts which will be detrimental to the 20,000 workers in CE Schemes and the communities they serve.

“The government must rethink this slash and burn strategy. It is not more reviews we want but a total and immediate reversal of this budget cut.”

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