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Sinn Féin voice objections to Northern Trust proposals to withdraw respite provision

18 November, 2008 - by Michelle O'Neill


Sinn Féin MLA for Mid Ulster, Michelle O'Neill and her party colleague, Magherafelt District Council Chairperson, Kate McEldowney have this week voiced their concerns in relation to the provision of respite care for their constituents and called for local people to make their views known regarding proposals made by the Northern Trust as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review in relation to the provision of frontline services.

Cllr. McEldowney said:

"We are seriously concerned for the future provision of respite services in our local area. At a recent meeting involving parents of children who avail of the Cherry Lodge respite care facility in Randalstown, parents were informed of plans to close this much needed service. Respite provision for citizens across Mid Ulster is lacking to say the least and any further moves to withdraw services should be strongly opposed. I encourage people to respond to the consultation and let the Northern Trust know that we are not going to stand by and let these cuts be made."

Michelle O'Neill MLA said:

"These proposed efficiency savings will hit the most vulnerable in society - children with severe disabilities and members of their families who act as their primary carers. Having long argued the need for more respite provision for local families not less, the local Sinn Féin constituency team are not prepared to sit back and see the Northern Trust proposals implemented. We have examined the proposals carefully and will be making a submission to the Trust.

"Vital frontline services such as respite care must not be withdrawn. We encourage everyone to respond to the consultation which closes on Friday 19th December." ENDS

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