‘Planned Neighbourhood Renewal cuts should be reversed’ - Maskey
Proposals to extensively cut the budgets of Neighbourhood Renewal projects should be immediately reversed, Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said.
The West Belfast MLA was commenting after a number of community organisations warned that they were facing significant reductions.
He said: “Executive departments have a statutory duty to address poverty and disadvantage and to target resources at objective need. It is therefore unacceptable that the Department of Communities are proposing deep cuts to Neighbourhood Renewal Programmes.
“Neighbourhood Renewal programmes have had a significant impact on regeneration and improving educational attainment and assisting residents in the most deprived areas to access employment. These actions are core to eradicating poverty and disadvantage.
People living in areas of poverty and disadvantage are paying the price for Tory/DUP austerity. We will be engaging with communities and organisations affected and taking every possible action to fight these proposed cuts.”