Jobseekers get 27 new one-stop help centres
TWENTY-SEVEN new Intreo centres will be open by the end of next month, bringing the total number of the 'one-stop shops for jobseekers' to 43 nationally.
The new centres, 16 of which are already operational, allow social welfare recipients to obtain income supports and receive advice and help to gain employment in the one place.
The initiative is run by the Department of Social Protection as part of a €40m overhaul of the social welfare system.
Intreo services will have replaced the department's 63 offices around the country by the end of 2014.
Social Protection Minister Joan Burton is under pressure to overhaul the system this coming year but has missed targets set by her own department to conduct one-on-one interviews with some 185,000 people on the dole.
Announcing the new centres, a department spokesperson said 148,500 interviews up to November had been carried out, and added that all jobseekers had now been profiled.