Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Local Government Brian Stanley T.D. has strongly criticised the proposal by Minister Phil Hogan to tender out Local Community Development Programmes for 2015. Up until now the programme has been delivered on a not for profit basis by local development companies.
Deputy Stanley said:
“If the LCDP is put out to tender, the fear is that it will lead to a race to the bottom with private companies seeking to undermine pay and conditions with a view to winning tenders and boosting profits. It will also impact upon the effective delivery of the local services currently run by local development companies.
“I have placed a question to the Minister on this, and will seek to raise it again in the Dáil next week. It is vital that this move is stopped in the interests of both community workers and those who benefit from the services which they currently deliver.”