Call For Social Scheme Participation To Be Extended

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A county Tipperary TD has said that the government needs to extend the amount of time a person can participate in any of the Social Protection schemes currently in effect.

Jackie Cahill believes that the many community services that benefit from the contribution made by CE, TUS and Rural Social Scheme participants, would benefit further if the timeframe for participation were extended.

He maintains that forcing people who were working on these schemes back on to Jobseekers Allowance is counter-productive and has a negative impact on the people themselves while depriving the communities of workers who he said make ‘a valuable contribution to their communities’.