SOCIAL Protection Minister Joan Burton is missing her own targets on providing one-to-one interviews with people on the dole. The missed targets are set to be examined by the Dail's jobs committee today.
Her department set a target of 185,000 interviews with people on the dole this year to offer work placements, training and education. But instead of reaching 90,000 by mid-year, the number was 83,000. There were also supposed to be 10 new 'Intreo' offices in place within the first six months of the year. But only two were opened.
The total at the moment is 17, so Ms Burton is under pressure to reach the target of 33 by the end of the year.
But a spokesman for Ms Burton said the Office of Public Works had been working on renovating old social welfare offices. "They are confident and we are confident that the target will be met," he said.