Minister must increase Community Service Programme funding to match minimum wage increase – Ó Snodaigh
Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD and Sinn Féin spokesperson for Social Protection has called on the Minister to step up and instruct Pobal to increase the level of funding to all groups that will be affected by the increase in the minimum wage on 1st January 2016.
Teachta Ó Snodaigh said:
“Representatives of a number of Community Services Programmes (CSP), from all around the country, have been in touch with me in recent days expressing shock at the decision by the Department of Social Protection, through Pobal, not to increase funding to meet the 0.50 cent minimum wage increase per hour effective from 1st January 2016 for all community Services Programmes nationally.
“CSP groups nationwide received a letter from Pobal last week, just three weeks before this wage increase takes effect, confirming that their ‘2016 financial plan will need to incorporate any additional costs necessary to implement the minimum wage requirement’.
“All employers will be obliged to pay the minimum wage to employees from 1st January 2016.This will put an enormous strain on Community Service Programmes nationwide which are already struggling to survive with the funding provided .The extra cost of funding the minimum wage increase will put huge pressure on already limited resources. These struggling community groups simply cannot cover the extra cost required and many are in danger of shutting their doors altogether or employing less people.
“I am asking the Minister, Joan Burton, to reconsider her decision, with immediate effect, and to provide the necessary funding, that these groups need to survive.”