Audit into Activation and Family Support Programme ‘must be published’ – Brady
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has called on Minister Regina Doherty to publish the internal audit into the Activation and Family Support Programme found to contain a number of “specific control weaknesses”.
Speaking this morning, Teachta Brady said:
“It is alarming that such serious concerns around the allocation of funds and the lack of inspections or monitoring have been raised about a scheme under the remit of the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection.
“This is the same Department who labelled social welfare recipients as ‘cheats’ as part of an overpriced campaign around fraud using their own fraud and control measures to tackle such behaviour. This raises questions as to whether or not these same measures are used internally by the Department when it comes to their own spending.
“While this report remains unpublished, it has been found that more than one fifth of payments were made to people who were not entitled to such funds. It also found that thousands of euros has been spent on clothing, travel expenses along with other spending deemed as ineligible by the internal auditors.
“I am calling on Minister Doherty to publish the internal report into this scheme. I will be raising this matter at the next meeting of the Committee on Employment Affairs & Social Protection. I will also be requesting that the Public Accounts Committee examine the spending of funds under this scheme.
“The Department have jeopardised this scheme, so much so that it may not be able to continue.”