Local Fine Gael TD, Frances Fitzgerald, has welcomed funding of over €2.1 million in Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) funding for Dublin. Her colleague, Minister for Rural and Community Development has allocated € 2,106,129 to the South Dublin area, the largest allocation on both a Dublin and National level.
Fitzgerald said: “SICAP funding supports life-long learning, strengthening communities and helping people to become job ready. The best way out of poverty is having a job and so SICAP is an important tool in reducing disadvantage and poverty.
“SICAP, which is administered by Pobal and overseen at a community level by the Local Community Development Committees (LCDC), has a proven track record of helping disadvantaged people to make real progress in their lives. The programme is a great example of local engagement working well within the framework of a national programme. The South Dublin LCDC awarded the last round of SICAP funding to the South Dublin County Partnership, so this may give people an insight into range of projects and programmes it helps deliver.
“The main aim of SICAP funding is to support unemployed people; people living in all areas; people with disabilities; single parent families; those on low income and other disadvantaged groups.
“Significantly, employment has increased, and unemployment has decreased across every region of the country since the Government was formed in 2016. Unemployment now stands at 6% nationally while locally, there was a 16% drop in numbers signing on via the Clondalkin INTREO office between March 2017 and March 2018.
“However schemes like SICAP are extremely important in ensuring everyone feels the effect of the country’s economic successes and reducing inequalities in society,” concluded Fitzgerald.
Notes to Editor
Between 2015 and 2017 with the assistance of SICAP:
• 110,000 people were supported on a 1:1 basis
• 5,030 local community groups received assistance
• 9,720 gained a higher qualification
• 5,801 people got jobs
• 15,923 people set up a new business – which created 1,695 full time jobs
• 38,352 people took part in life-long learning courses
• Over 29% of these recipients lived in disadvantaged areas and 40% of them came from a jobless household
• SICAP assists both individuals and groups through a two-pronged approach; supporting communities and supporting individuals.
• SICAP is implemented by groups across the country that were selected through a public procurement process undertaken by Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs).
• LCDCs are responsible for the management and oversight of the contract with the Local Development Companies for the delivery of SICAP at local level.
• SICAP is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development with co-funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.
• SICAP target groups include; children and families living in disadvantaged areas, lone parents, new communities (including refugees/asylum seekers), people living in disadvantaged communities, people with disabilities, Roma, the unemployed (including those not on the Live Register), travellers and young unemployed people living in disadvantaged areas
• Pobal, as agent of the Department and acting on the Department’s behalf, has responsibility for the national management and oversight of SICAP. Their role includes monitoring the programme at a high level and preparing national programme progress reports.
• More information on the South Dublin LCDC and previous SICAP funding can be found at https://www.sdcc.ie/en/services/community/local-community-development-committee