Hanafin defends Fa¤ s scheme changes

Minister for Social and Family Affairs Mary Hanafin has insisted that the government’s moves to boost access to the Fás workplace programme are starting to make an impact.

30th January, 2010

Minister for Social and Family Affairs Mary Hanafin has insisted that the government’s moves to boost access to the Fás workplace programme are starting to make an impact.

Hanafin said she believed there had been a ‘‘bedding down period’’, after the scheme was changed last month to make it more accessible. The minister was responding to figures showing that just 257 unemployed people had taken up places on the workplace programme....

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