At a recent meeting of Mayo CSP schemes held in Kilmovee, it was revealed by Ronan Tierney from Pobal that there would be no extra funding in 2016 to cover the 50c per hour increase in the minimum wage.

In Mayo there are 32 CSP projects who have survived through the economic downturn in very difficult circumstances.  The CSP projects are managed by local voluntary boards and they provide much needed services to the most vulnerable in their communities such as the elderly, housebound and people with disabilities. Other local Services include:  Meals on Wheels,  Home Security,  Drop in Centre’s for People with Special Needs, Telephone Befriending Service, Running of Community Halls, Retreats, Visitation, Arts & Craft Classes,  Cultural Events, Dry-cleaning Service, Laundry Service, Community Bus Service, Community Housing Projects, Care & Repair Service, Tourism, Design and Costume Making, Wreath Making, Warmer Holmes Insulation.

These are essential services that are provided in local communities under the program and in truth saves the State millions and millions as they are immeasurable.

Right here in Kilmovee this could have an effect on services offered by Kilmovee Community Centre it’s understood they will have to find almost €4,000 extra a year in funds to pay the shortfall and meet the minimum wage requirements.

This announcement from Minister Burton expects struggling CSP projects, every voluntary board, volunteers and employees to generate more money in a local economy that is already struggling, in the 2010 budget CSP Schemes lost 100% of their overhead funding, since then they have had to generate income to cover all expenditure relating to overheads and services.

“If we have to pay this wage increase, it may well be the straw that will break the camel’s back.” Brendan Boland (Chairman) CSP Mayo Network.

It doesn’t matter if your in Mayo, Meath or Dublin or anywhere where there is a local CSP scheme please write or share this post to your Councillor, TD and Senator to put pressure on Minister Burton & the government to reverse this decision.

We’re sure that the Mayo CSP Network would love to have you in their corner they can be contacted on Mayo CSP Network c/o Knockmore Rathduff Resource Centre, Knockmore Village, Ballina, Co. Mayo Tel: (086) 8678715