New pilot scheme for older CE scheme workers

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Galway East TD Paul Connaughton this week warmly welcomed the announcement of a pilot scheme whereby CE scheme workers aged 62 and over will be allowed to stay working on the scheme until retirement age if they meet certain conditions.

The Department of Social Protection has given the green light to the pilot scheme in recent days and Deputy Connaughton said that the new scheme will be very important to workers across county Galway and beyond.

‘The case for this pilot scheme was made very strongly to me by a number of people across East Galway. I highlighted their cases and the fact that it made economic, social and moral sense for the state to keep these people employed in their local community and doing very worthwhile work, as opposed to paying Jobseeker’s for such people for the short time that remains for them until retirement.

‘I made this case strongly to Minister Kevin Humphreys on a number of occasions. I am delighted that 1600 positions are to be made available across the country as part of this pilot scheme and will be urging many of the affected people that contacted me to make applications for these positions.

‘A one-size-fits-all approach is never satisfactory and by making this change we really can make a difference to these people’s lives and the vibrancy of their local communities. The announcement of this pilot scheme is a win-win situation for the CE scheme participants, for the government’s finances and for the local communities who will benefit from this additional work.

‘I will now be contacting many of the CE scheme participants that made contact with me and also CE scheme groups from all across the region whose workers and communities can benefit from this announcement. In coming days I will also be seeking additional information on the exact criteria for the new pilot scheme, which comes into effect on January 4th next.’