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‘Equality threatens no-one’ - Anderson

10 January, 2008

Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson has highlighted a new government study as proof that "equality threatens no-one".

Ms Anderson said:

"The Assembly scrutiny committee on which I sit recently asked for details on government spending on tackling poverty.

"The committee has now been furnished with a detailed report which sets out how public funds have been spent over the last seven years.

"Clearly, the situation on the ground - particularly in areas like Derry - shows that there is much work that still needs to be done in terms of addressing poverty.

"However, the report also nails the myth that tackling inequality and poverty is somehow a nationalist agenda.

"For instance, it states that if the 10 neediest wards in the North were brought up to the average level of deprivation at the minimum, this alone would free up £21m in public funds annually.

"In the words of the report: 'This shows that addressing inequality benefits all'.

"That is what we in Sinn Féin have been saying for years - equality threatens no-one.

"I want to see resources being directed where they are needed. It doesn't matter whether it's in the Bogside or the Fountain. Money should be spent on the basis of objective need.

"Whether it's the Child Poverty Inquiry, the Bill of Rights or the Stand Up For Derry Campaign, all we are asking for is equality and that can only be good for the whole of our society." ENDS

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