National Minimum Wage increased to €9.80
The Delta Centre Company in Carlow has been given €6,600 to help pay staff newly increased minimum wage.
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, this week announced that he has approved funding in excess of €1 million to continue the Community Services Programme (CSP) Support Fund.
The CSP Support Fund will enable community organisations, participating in the Community Services Programme, to pay their staff the newly increased minimum wage which rose to €9.80 per hour effective from this month.
Nationally, 263 organisations and over 980 full-time equivalent staff will benefit from this Fund.
The CSP supports community-based organisations to provide local social, economic and environmental services through a social enterprise model, providing a contribution towards the cost of staff in CSP supported organisations.
It typically supports organisations to meet local service gaps and provide access to services and facilities that would otherwise generally be unavailable.
Announcing the funding, Minister Ring said:"“I’m delighted that the Government has decided to increase the national minimum wage once again.
"This Fund will support 263 organisations to ensure that their staff receive the new increased minimum wage. This is an increase of over 100 organisations from the 2016 levels
"The Fund will greatly assist organisations that are struggling to meet the minimum wage levels. I have increased the contribution per full-time equivalent from €350 to €1,100."
Pobal carried out an assessment of all CSP supported organisations and the CSP Support Fund was approved by the Department based on their recommendation.
The CSP Support Fund is being run on a once-off basis in 2019 pending a review which will commence in February. The review will inform decisions on the future shape and structure of the programme.
The Minister added: "My Department recently carried out an early consultation with key stakeholders and CSP supported organisations on the scope of the CSP review.
"I would like to thank all the organisations who took the time to submit feedback. This element of the consultation process is now complete and the formal review will commence in February."