McGuinness welcomes major reforms of CE, Tus and Rural Social scheme

Published on: 01 July 2022

Fianna Fáil TD for Kilkenny, John McGuinness has welcomed major reforms to the CE, Tus and Rural Social scheme, announced this week.


Deputy McGuinness commented, “I am delighted to see these schemes undergoing significant reform. These schemes provide vital local services such as childcare, meals on wheels, the maintenance and upkeep of local amenities and other vital work in our communities.


“The purpose of CE and Tús is to provide long term unemployed participants with work experience in their local communities to help them find employment.


“There are currently over 19,000 participants on CE, almost 5,000 participants on Tús and just under 3,000 participants on the Rural Social Scheme. Government investment in the three schemes will amount to over €500million in 2022.”


The Kilkenny TD added: “Also today, the application process for the ex-gratia payment for CÉ Supervisors and Assistant Supervisors is being opened. This ex-gratia payment will benefit around 2,500 people at a total cost of over €24 million.”


Changes to CÉ, Tus and RSS

Government has approved the following changes:

·       Removal of the six-year time limit for all participants on the Rural Social Scheme.

·       Eligibility for Tús extended to persons in receipt of Disability Payments

·       New flexibility to allow CE schemes to directly recruit eligible candidates to fill 30% of places.

·       Intreo to significantly increase the number of referrals to CE with schemes required to offer places to at least 60% of candidates referred.

·       New Pilot Scheme to extend eligibility to Qualified Adults to be explored

·       Continue to allow schemes to extend individual placements and retain existing participants in cases where no replacement candidate has been selected. This means that local services should not be impacted due to an inability to replace participants.

These measures are in addition to previous changes introduced earlier this year which allow participants on CE and RSS who are aged over 60 to remain on schemes until retirement. 


Ex-gratia payment to CE supervisor and assistant supervisors

The CE Ex-Gratia Payment which was agreed in December 2021 by the Department of Social Protection and the unions, SIPTU and Fórsa, representing CE supervisors and CE assistant supervisors. It will benefit approximately 2,500 people employed by CE schemes at  a total cost of over €24 million.  On reaching retirement age, eligible CE supervisors and CE assistant supervisors will receive a once off payment in respect of time employed by CE schemes.  Around 700 persons who have retired since 2008 will be able to apply for payment from this scheme, straight away. From this week, the Department is issuing letters to this first group of beneficiaries, inviting applications for payment.

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