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IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has welcomed the announcement that 250 additional places in the Rural Social Scheme have been allocated. The additional places, secured by IFA in Budget 2018, increase the total number of places on the scheme from 3,100 to 3,350.

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IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has said confirmation given by the Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar that the Rural Social Scheme (RSS) is an income support initiative, is a welcome development as there have been attempts by his Department to make it a job activation measure like other social employment schemes.

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IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar, that the Farm Assist income and child disregards reintroduced in last October’s Budget, will automatically apply to all recipients of the scheme from the 8th March next.

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Details of where the 500 extra places on the Rural Social Scheme (RSS), secured by IFA in Budget 2017, will be allocated have been announced by Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar.

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IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has described proposed changes to the terms and conditions of the Rural Social Scheme (RSS) for the 500 additional places announced in Budget 2017 as unacceptable.

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