Cllr Caroline Mulvey
Sinn Fein County Councillor, Caroline Mulvey has called for the abolishment of the Jobpath programme calling it a "disaster from start to finish".
Cllr Mulvey said: “Jobpath was introduced by the last FG government as a solution to the unemployment crisis. It has been as disaster for start to finish and it is time that this government with the support of Fianna Fáil, abolish it once and for all.
“Sinn Fein recently published a report in Jobpath that is compiled of personal experiences of individuals engaged with jobpath. The findings of the report are shocking with participants treated appalling and left demoralised and stressed.
“I have been contacted my several constituents who were forced onto the Jobpath programme with Setac. Some of these were hoping to take up positions on Rural Social Schemes, Community employment or TUS schemes. Once they are put on Jobpath they affectively barred from any other employment scheme," she said.
The Sinn Féin coucnillor claimed Jobpath has been prioritised by the Department of Social Protection "above all other employment schemes" noting, referrals to Rural Social Scheme, TUS scheme and Community employment schemes are all down as a result.
“In the budget they announced an additional 500 place on the rural social scheme but they cannot fill the places we have because of Jobpath preventing them," she said.
“Setac which is an English company is only interested in profiting from these people by processing as many participants as possible so that they can claim payment for them.
“This must stop and I am calling for the jobpath programme to be abolished immediately.”