HC Deb 17 December 1987 vol 124 cc679-82W
Mr. Alton

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will give further information on the 100-place enterprise scheme under the action for community employment programme and its progress; and how it will be evaluated.

Mr. Viggers

[holding answer 16 December 1987]: Since the ACE enterprise pilot scheme was launched in May 1987 60 applications have been received. To date 20 candidates have been selected to participate.

The scheme will be evaluated by departmental economists to assess the degree to which the ACE network can assist ACE workers move into self-employment.

Mr. Alton

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if in relation to the action for community employment and community volunteering schemes, he will give the following information,(a) the annual budget for each of the schemes over the years since they started, (b) the current number of schemes, the places in each and their geographical distribution across Northern Ireland, (c) the number of managing agents in each scheme, the number of places in each managing agency and their location by name of sponsoring agent and address, (d) the categories of work undertaken under each scheme, (e) the criteria by which applications to be accepted on to the scheme as a sponsor are assessed and (f) the criteria by which schemes are evaluated by his Department and the training policy and training budget for each scheme.

Mr. Viggers

[holding answer 16 December 1987]: The information is as follows:

£ million
£ £
1981–82 1.67
1982–83 5.24
1983–84 10.6 0.3
1984–85 13.56 0.53
1985–86 17.84 0.5
1986–87 28.54 0.6
1987–88 28.84 0.63

(b) ACE 356 sponsors with 6,411 places approved.

CVS 21 sponsors (including 3 managing agents) with 2,024 volunteers.

Geographical distribution
District council areas
Antrim 112
Ards 59
Armagh 118
Ballymena 109
Ballymoney 2
Banbridge 54
Belfast1 2,529
Carrickfergus 141
Coleraine 96
Cookstown 111
Craigavon 242
Derry 638
Down 235
Dungannon 402
Fermanagh 135
Larne 110
Limavady 69
Lisburn 148
Magherafelt 102
Moyle 36
Newry and Mourne 541
North Down 111
Omagh 169
Strabane 122
1 Includes Castlereagh and Newtownabbey.
1 At 30 November 1987.

Jobmarket areas1
Antrim 66
Armagh 16
Ballymena 16
Banbridge 16
Bangor 108
Belfast 995
Carrickfergus 46
Coleraine 62
Cookstown 14
Downpatrick 7
Dungannon 1
Enniskillen 34
Kilkeel 57
Larne 33
Limavady 2
Lisburn 115
Londonderry 160
Lurgan 24
Magherafelt 4
Newcastle 6
Newry 152
Newtownards 37
Omagh 32
Portadown 3
Strabane 18
1 When the computerisation of records in Community Projects Branch has been completed all statistics will be provided on a District Council basis.
2 At 31 October 1987.

(c) There are no managing agents in the ACE Scheme. The following managing agents operate within CVS.

Belfast Managing Agent, Bryson House, Bedford Street, Belfast 91
Northern Ireland Voluntary Trust, Murray House, Belfast 410
Waterside Churches for Community Needs, 6 Shipquay Street, Londonderry 113

(d) The following are the main categories for work undertaken by each scheme.


Community Care

Community Arts


(e) Applications are accepted from sponsors who promote projects that satisfy the aims and objectives of the appropriate scheme and who demonstrate to the Department's satisfaction that they have the capability to manage an ACE/CVS project.

(f) Each scheme is reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that they are managed in an effective and efficient manner and that they meet their aims and objectives.

Sponsors in both ACE and CVS are encouraged to develop and implement comprehensive training and development programmes for workers and volunteers. Costs of ACE workers attending approved external training courses are funded at 100 per cent. Within CVS there is a training budget based on £30.00 per full time volunteer per year.

Mr. Alton

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if in relation to action for community employment and community volunteering schemes, he will give(a) the criteria by which applications from the waiting list for each scheme are assessed, (b) the number of people with a registered disability with places on each scheme, (c) the breakdown of males and females on each scheme, (d) the breakdown by religious affiliation on each scheme, (e) whether the two schemes are subject to the rules of the Fair Employment Agency and (f) how he intends to apply the new policy guidelines on fair employment to sponsors of the two schemes and what monitoring arrangements are being set up; and if he will list the sponsoring agents of the community volunteering scheme by name, address and number of volunteer hours, as well as the budget for the community volunteering scheme, broken down into such local areas as is convenient.

Mr. Viggers

[holding answer 16 December 1987]: The information is as follows:

  1. (a) The following are the types of projects which are favoured in assessing applications from the waiting list:
    1. (i) Projects that promote the development of self sustaining employment.
    2. (ii) Projects from areas where the existing level of ACE provision is lower than the local incidence of long term unemployed.
    3. (iii) Projects that provide a service to disadvantaged groups in the community.
    4. (iv) Projects with an emphasis on unskilled work.
  2. (b) In September 1987 there were 32 disabled people in ACE. It is not known how many of these were registered disabled.
    • Information in the form requested is not readily available for the community volunteering scheme.
  3. (c) ACE: Male 57 per cent. Female 43 per cent. Information in the form requested is not readily available for the CVS.
  4. (d) Information on the breakdown by religious affiliation of participants in ACE and CVS is not held by the Department.
  5. (e) Sponsors of both ACE and CVS are subject to the provision of the Fair Employment (NI) Act 1976.
  6. (f) Copies of the new policy guidelines have been issued to all sponsors. Although these guidelines are voluntary the Fair Employment Agency is under a statutory obligation to have regard to the guidelines in considering whether or not equality of opportunity has been provided.

The information about CVS sponsoring agents is as follows:

Name and address and volunteering target hours Budget £
Bryson House, Bedford street, Belfast
Scheme 1 110,000 76,000
Scheme 2 98,000 45,000
(Managing Agency)
Belfast Women's Aid, 46 Ulsterville avenue, Belfast
60,000 42,000
Confederation of Community Groups, 2 Bridge street. Newry
40,000 26,000
Extern, 46 University street, Belfast
51,000 36,882
The Flax Trust, Flax street, Belfast
40,000 27,923
Gingerbread, 171 University street, Belfast
30,000 21,793
North Down Volunteer Bureau, 91 High street, Bangor
38,000 25,500
NIACRO, 22 Adelaide street, Belfast
112,000 79,235
NI Women's Aid, 143A University street, Belfast
29,000 10,440
PHAB, 76 University street, Belfast
30,000 18,022
Praxis, 143 University street, Belfast
13,500 8,888
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Patrick's Hall, Barrack street, Coalisland
30,000 21,975
Upper Springfield Family Support Group, 31 Ardonagh parade, Belfast 11
13,500 8,299
Voluntary Services Belfast, 72 Lisburn road, Belfast
155,000 85,000
Voluntary Services Lisburn, 50 Railway street, Lisburn
25,000 13,552
Waterside Churches Committee for Community Needs, 6 Shipquay street, Londonderry
Scheme 157,000 33,500
Scheme 2 11,000 54,500
(Managing Agency)
Northern Ireland Voluntary Trust, Murray House, Murray street, Belfast
100,000 64,000
(Managing Agency)
Conservation Volunteers, The Pavilion, Ravenhill road, Belfast
12,000 9,125