Today, (7th) Pobal published the latest Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) report which outlines the progress of the programme over the first six months of this year.
The report shows that targets for Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) such as number of disadvantaged individuals engaged with and number of local community groups assisted under have been reached.
It also outlines how overall progress against targets has improved in comparison to the mid-term review for 2015. Indeed, steady progress towards annual targets has been achieved in most cases.
Some of the other key findings;
In the first six months of 2016, 26,109 people and 1,952 local community groups were supported.
The programme has been successful in targeting people from disadvantaged areas. During the period of the report, the 27% target was exceeded (29.6%).
Progression to employment (and particularly self-employment) for young people continues to be a challenge. Although there have been improvements.
75% of SICAP’s caseload are unemployed people. Of these, almost half have been unemployed for more than two years.
Government bodies and state agencies were the main access route go SICAP with almost half of individuals being referred by them.
- Local Community Development Communities (LCDCs) have reported a greater understanding of SICAP, but still require support from Pobal.
SICAP aims to tackle poverty, social exclusion and long-term unemployment through local engagement and partnership between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies. The Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government leads on SICAP. It is managed and administered by Pobal on its behalf.
The planning process for the next phase of SICAP (2018 – 2020) will begin in autumn 2016. This will consider the shape of the future programme and which areas and goals would be best suited to a national social inclusion programme of this type.