Dáil Éireann - Volume 346 - 14 December, 1983

Written Answers. - Youth Employment.

156. Mr. Gene Fitzgerald asked the Minister for Labour the amount of money raised by the youth employment levy from its inception to date.

[2115] Minister for Labour (Mr. Quinn): From the introduction of the youth employment levy in April 1982 up to 30 November 1983, the total sum paid to my Department in respect of levy collected amounted to £101,295,932.

157. Mr. Gene Fitzgerald asked the Minister for Labour the amount of employment levy money which has been allocated directly to the Youth Employment Agency; and the areas to which the balance has been allocated.

Minister for Labour (Mr. Quinn): A total sum of £118 million was provided for in the subhead of my Department's Vote for Training and Employment of Young Persons for 1982 and 1983 combined. The subhead represents mainly the estimated receipts from the Youth Employment Levy. The original allocation of the £118 million was £22.02 million to the Youth Employment Agency and the remainder as follows:

£m

AnCO (Training for person under 25)

54.14

CERT Ltd. (Training for persons under 25 years)

2.406

Department of the Environment:

Environment Works (Youth Employment) Scheme

12

Department of Health:

Work experience placements in health services

3

Department of Education:

Pre-employment and secretarial courses

5

Department of Labour:

Work Experience Programme

12.4

Department of Education (1982) and Department of Labour (1983):

Grant Scheme for Youth Employment

6.3

Unallocated

0.734

[2116]

As the Deputy will be aware, programmes often do not proceed fully as planned, and adjustments are made in the final allocations. In 1982 the outcome was as follows:

Original Allocation

Final Allocation

£m

£m

Youth Employment Agency

7.02

3.76

AnCO (Training for persons under 25)

21.30

19.3

CERT Ltd. (Training for persons under 25)

0.98

0.98

Department of the Environment: Environment Works (Youth Employment) Scheme

4.00

4.00

Department of Labour: Work Experience Programme

5.40

4.11

Department of Education: Grant Scheme for Youth Employment

2.30

2.30

Total

41.00

34.45

The unallocated balance of £6,556,380 was carried over for reallocation in 1983. Included in the balance was a sum of £940,000 in respect of the Work Experience Programme which was spent but not charged to the Vote and will be recovered from the Youth Employment Agency 1983 allocation.

In 1983 the carry-over of £6,556,380 from 1982 was originally allocated as follows:

£

Youth Employment Agency (in respect of the Environment Works (Youth Employment) Scheme)

750,000

Youth Employment Agency (to recoup Department of Labour for expenditure on the Work Experience Programme)

940,000

Employment Incentive Scheme (youth element)

4,000,000

Unallocated

866,380

[2117] In 1983, the provision of £77 million in the Vote was originally allocated as follows:

£m

YEA

15

AnCO

32.84

CERT Ltd.

1.426

Department of the Environment:

Environment Works (Youth Employment) Scheme

9

Department of Education:

Pre-employment and Secretarial courses

5

Department of Health:

Work experience placements in Health Services

3

Department of Labour:

Work Experience programme

7

Grant Scheme for Youth Employment

4

Unallocated

0.734

In July last it appeared likely that around £11 million of the total of £83.55 million available would not be spent in 1983 although the throughput target of 45,000 young persons catered for would be achieved. The Government then decided that, in order to reduce the 1983 Exchequer borrowing requirement, the saving should be used in the current year to fund youth training and employment schemes, primarily under the vocational education authorities, which were being funded, wholly or partially, from non-levy sources. The final allocations for 1983 are at present being settled.

158. Mr. Gene Fitzgerald asked the Minister for Labour the number of jobs that have been created from the funds allocated to the Youth Employment Agency.

Minister for Labour (Mr. Quinn): As the Deputy will be aware the major portion of the funds generated by the youth employment levy has been used for the expansion and development of training, work experience and temporary employment measures for the young unemployed through agencies such as AnCO, CERT, the National Manpower Service and other educational institutions. In so far as the agency themselves are concerned [2118] they also devote some of their resources to the development of training and other programmes outside the ambit of existing agencies.

From its establishment in March, 1982 to date a sum of £3.48 million has been allocated by the agency to the support of sustainable job creation and enterprise development. In this way the agency has provided funding for the creation of 725 new jobs. The filling of these jobs is spread over a period of time and 362 of them have been filled to date.

In addition under the agency's Youth Self-Employment Programme loans have been approved so far for forty small self-employment businesses.

159. Mr. Gene Fitzgerald asked the Minister for Labour if he will give a breakdown by way of (a) training places, (b) community projects and (c) the allocation to each county of the allocation of funds to the Youth Employment Agency.

Minister for Labour (Mr. Quinn): With regard to training and community employment and training projects, financing has been mainly through issues from the relevant subhead in my Department's Vote made direct to the major programme sponsors. In the case of training, the major sponsors are AnCO and CERT and, in the case of community employment and training projects, the major sponsors are AnCO and the Youth Section of my Department. Funding by the agency in these areas has, therefore, been supplementary to financing from the Vote of the programmes of the major programme sponsors.

From its establishment in March, 1982 to date, the Youth Employment Agency have approved in the region of 110 projects, with an anticipated total cost of £17.3 million. The period covered by individual projects varies and the actual amount expended up to end October 1983, was just over £6.6 million.

As many community projects funded by the agency involve a training element it would be difficult to identify exclusive figures for training places and community projects. The total of £17.3 million [2119] approved can, however, be broken down into the following categories: (i) support for training, work experience and short-term employment projects, £13.39 million; (ii) support for sustainable job creation and enterprise development, £3.48 million; (iii) other, including schools/ industry links, £0.46 million.

The figure of £13.39 million under (i) represents about 7,000 places.

With regard to (c) of the Deputy's question, as the major allocations under each of these three headings relate to national programmes, it is not possible to give a county by county breakdown of the financial allocations.