Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty, has confirmed today (Wednesday) that there has been no reduction in Government funding to the Tús Programme in Meath, which is operated by Meath Partnership.
“Funding for the Tús Programme in Co. Meath has been protected by the Government and, in fact, will increase slightly this year.
“The programme is operated locally by the Meath Partnership and I understand that organisation has written to local groups suggesting that there are unsupported costs of €72,800 for 2015. This is difficult to fathom considering that Government funding has been protected.
“Of course it goes without saying that voluntary organisations should not be required to support the costs of work activation.
“Tús is a community work placement scheme providing short-term working opportunities for unemployed people. The work opportunities are to benefit the community and are provided by community and voluntary organisations in both urban and rural areas. The programme has been of great benefit in Co. Meath and long may it continue.”