RURAL SOCIAL SCHEME

Programmes  

The aims of the RSS are to provide income support for farmers and fisherpersons who are in receipt of long-term social welfare payments, and to provide certain services of benefit to rural communities. The RSS will allow those low-income farmers  who are unable to earn an adequate living from their farm holding, to earn a supplementary income in return for 19.5 hours work per week, undertaken within the community and voluntary sector.

While responsibility for the operation of the RSS rests with the Department of Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs, it is managed at a local level by the LEADER groups and in the Gaeltacht by the LEADER groups in conjunction with Údarás na Gaeltachta. Participants under RSS are employees of their implementing body.

 

Eligibility

 

To be eligible to participate on the RSS you must be in receipt of Farm/Fish Assist or meet the criteria for a Self Employed Farmer have also been allocated and an active herd/flock/pig herd/equine number from the Department of Agriculture and Food is a minimum requirment.

 

Categories of Work

 

> Maintaining and enhancing waymarked ways
> Energy conservation work for the elderly and less well off
> Village and countryside enhancement projects
> Social care and care of the elderly, community care for both pre-school and after-school groups
> Environmental maintenance work-maintenance and caretaking of community and sporting facilities
> Projects relating to not for profit cultural and heritage centres
> Appropriate community projects identified during the course of the scheme
> Community Administration/Clerical work

 

Further Information

 

For further information on the programme contact Frances Burke on 021 461 3432 or email fburke@secad.ie

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