ABOUT THE RSS
The Rural Social Scheme framework falls under the remit of the Department of Social Protection. The Rural Social Scheme was launched by Minister Eamon O’ Cuiv in 2004. The aim of the Scheme was to provide income support to farmers and fisher persons who are in receipt of certain specified social welfare payments and also to provide services to rural communities.
CARLOW RURAL SOCIAL SCHEME
The Scheme allows farmers and fisherpersons who are unable to make an adequate living from their farm or fishing to supplement their income by working 19.5 hours per week. The community benefits by utilising the skills of the farmers/fisherpersons on the scheme and the participants benefit by developing new skills and by improving existing skills whilst performing valuable work in the community. The Participants on the scheme are exempt from the Universal Social Charge and a class “A” PRSI contribution will be paid in respect of each person on the scheme. Carlow Rural Social scheme has an allocation of 18 places.