South Tipperary Independent TD Mattie McGrath is outraged that CE Schemes throughout the country have started this New Year in total Limbo and frustration as they do not know how they will be funded for the coming year, following the draconian cuts in the Budget.
“Following the massive cuts in the budget, the Minister for Social Protection promised that a review of CE Schemes would be carried out to ensure that the viability of the individual schemes would not be affected.
“This review has not been carried out, yet the CE Schemes have only been allocated €500 per participant as announced in the budget as opposed to €1500”
“This cut is madness; the CE Schemes are starting a New Year in total limbo and are completely frustrated as they do not know whether or not they can survive the year.
“The Scheme supervisors are doing their utmost to provide meaningful employment and training for the participants and have been left in an impossible position as they don’t know what training or materials they can afford for the year.” said Deputy McGrath
“This is an appalling situation. It is a waste of time placing people on CE Schemes if the schemes cannot afford to train them or purchase materials to allow them to carry out the works.
“I am calling on the Minister to have this review finalised as a matter of urgency as I am confident that it will become clear that the Individual Schemes cannot survive these massive cuts and the Minister will have no option but to reverse these cuts if they are serious about re-training the unemployed”, concluded Deputy McGrath.