Privatisation of Social Protection matters ‘utterly regressive step’ – Ó Snodaigh
Sinn Féin TD and Spokesperson on Social Protection Aengus Ó Snodaigh today criticised the Government’s controversial JobPath programme in a week which sees the two Government-contracted private ‘welfare to work’ companies for the activation of the long-term unemployed.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“This is another privatisation of government services. It is a regrettable day that another section of the social protection services in Ireland is being privatised. This is an utterly regressive step. Major questions have been raised regarding the effectiveness of job placement privatisation and the abuse of this scheme by British companies.
“In Britain, these ‘payment by results’ companies have only placed around 4% of their long-term unemployed clients in secure employment.”
“The use of these private third party providers and the outsourcing of frontline Department services undermine the logic behind the Intreo offices that the Minister has been rolling out throughout the country.
“Large portions of their work will now be outsourced to the two private companies contracted to deliver JobPath. Turas Nua ,which comprises Irish recruiter FRS and Working Links, a UK company, who just opened their first centre in Bray on Monday and Seetec Ltd, who also opened their doors to up to 70,000 long-term unemployed clients in their Longford office.
“They have the potential to further undermine Local Employment Services (LES) providers that are dotted around the country and who often deal with the most challenging cases of long -term unemployed.”