Update on C.E. Schemes

19th June, 2012

 In the Budget the Department of Social Protection announced a 66% cut in the training and materials grant for CE schemes from €1,500 to €500 per person on each scheme. This caused problems with many CE schemes saying they could not live on the reduced budget. Minister Burton signalled earlier this year that we would make up to €1,000 available following a review and consultation with the schemes.

The review required schemes to secure value for money particularly in insurance and audit fees. Substantial savings have been made.

This week CE schemes are being informed about what level of grant they are getting. It is not a one-size-fits all grant, rather the grant is being made available depending on the scheme’s needs, so different schemes will get different amounts depending on their resources.

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