Athy’s Cllr Brian Dooley has asked that Athy MD councillors receive a presentation from the Community Employment (CE) scheme supervisors in their district ‘on the invaluable work that they carry out in the cemeteries under council control and in several housing estates in our community’.
He made that call via a motion discussed at their November meeting. Cllr Dooley remarked that it is incumbent on councillors that every person in the county realises the work these people are doing on a daily basis.
The CE programme is designed to help people who are long-term unemployed or otherwise disadvantaged to return to work by offering part-time and temporary placements in jobs based in local communities.
The work is community-based and the duration of a CE placement is 12 months with some exceptions. Payments are made in the form of a wage and wage rates are determined by the underlying social welfare entitlement. The minimum weekly payment, based on 19.5 hours worked, is €225.50 per week.
When an individual’s CE placement comes to an end, they’re encouraged to seek a job elsewhere using the skills, experience and training gained while taking part in the CE scheme.