DESPITE the devastating news last week which saw the loss of over 100 hundred jobs in the town, funding to Community Employment Schemes in the town are set to go down, not up.
According to Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, the budget for schemes, formerly known as FÁS, have not yet been finalised for 2012, but has decreased in the last three years are likely to drop once again.
In 2009 in Dundalk funding was €7.86million, which dropped to €7.75million in 2010 and to €7.5million in 2011.
Speaking in the Dáil in response to a question from Gerry Adams in which he asked how cuts would impact on such schemes in Louth, Minister Burton said: “It would take some time to retrieve the funding breakdown for each of the Community Employment Schemes in County Louth for each of the three years.
“At this point the budget for 2012 has not been finalised. A review of Community Employment is currently underway to establish the on-going viability of each scheme in the context of the overall objectives of the CE programme and recognising in particular the community and social value of each CE scheme.”