09 Aug 2022

Reform to support community employment schemes in Tipperary

Reform to support community employment schemes in Tipperary

Reforms of Community Employment Schemes will make it easier for recruitment

Major reforms to Community Employment, Tús and the Rural Social Scheme will extend eligibility criteria for Tipperary participants and provide additional flexibility to local supervisors when it comes to recruitment, a Fine Gael Senator has said.

Senator Garret Ahearn said: “These schemes support a range of vital local services in Tipperary such as childcare, meals on wheels, the maintenance and upkeep of local amenities and other vital work in our communities.


“For the Rural Social Scheme, the six-year time limit will be removed. Eligibility for Tús is now extended to persons in receipt of disability payments. Flexibility for CE schemes will allow for direct recruiting of eligible candidates to fill 30% of places.


“The Intreo centre in Tipperary will also feel benefits with an increase in the number of referrals to CE. Schemes will be required to offer places to at least 60% of candidates.


“Fine Gael is working to create stronger safer communities and these changes will support these schemes by strengthening the recruitment process and the delivery of essential local services in communities across Tipperary,” said Senator Garret Ahearn.

Minister Heather Humphreys TD, said: “The changes that I am announcing will extend the eligibility criteria for these schemes and will also provide additional flexibility to local supervisors when it comes to the recruitment and retention of participants. 


“I’m from a rural community myself and have always been a passionate believer in the benefits of programmes like CE, Tús and RSS both for participants and for communities.  


“I am pleased to announce that the application process for the ex-gratia payment for CE supervisors and assistant supervisors is now open.


“My department will shortly write to CE supervisors and CE assistant supervisors who may have an immediate entitlement inviting them to apply for this payment.”


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