First end of year SICAP report published
09 September 2016
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First SICAP End of Year Report Published  
Today, (9th) Pobal published the first Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) End of Year Report.
 
The report outlines the progress and achievements of the programme since its inception in April 2015. The report notes that in total, almost €28 million was allocated to help reduce poverty, promote social inclusion and progress equality at local, regional and national level. This was led by Local and Community Development Committees (LCDCs) and delivered by forty-five Programme Implementers (PIs).
 
The findings note that in its first year, SICAP supported a higher percentage of people living in disadvantaged areas, helped more people who had lower levels of educational attainment and reached a greater percentage of long-term unemployed clients
 
Some of the SICAP’s key achievements outlined in the report include:
·  36,800 people were assisted on one-to-one basis.
·  23,500 clients received employment and job training supports
·  13,400 people participated in the life-long learning courses
·  4,687 people set up new businesses, which created 715 jobs
·  3,958 young people not in work or studying were helped by
education and job initiatives
 
The Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government leads on SICAP. It is managed and administered by Pobal on its behalf.