DEPUTY Noel Coonan has welcomed the allocation of 80 additional Tús places for County Tipperary as part of the first tranche of extra placements on the community work placement initiative. Both North Tipperary Leader Partnership and South Tipperary Development Company Ltd have been given 40 additional places.
“This is welcomes news for people who have been on the live register for over 12 months in Tipperary and who are in receipt of a Jobseeker’s payment from the Department of Social Protection. Work placements are provided by community, voluntary and not-for-profit organisations and the local development company matches the skill set of participants to available placements,” said Deputy the Fine Gael TD.
The Minister for Social Protection announced details of the first tranche of additional 1,100 places on Tús. This announcement will bring to just over 6,000 the total number of placements available on Tús. The additional allocations form part of the roll-out of 2,500 new placements announced as part of the Budget 2013 measures to underpin the Government’s efforts to support those who are long term unemployed.
Deputy Coonan explained: “Only last month the Minister announced an additional 2,500 places for the Community Employment programme bringing the total places available on that programme to 25,300. The additional allocations were determined following consultation with each of the 50 local development companies delivering Tús and taking into account the demand for placements locally.”
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