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DSD failed to respond to Child Poverty Inquiry until after interim report published

10 January, 2008


Sinn Féin West Belfast MLA Fra McCann has questioned why the Department of Social Development, as one of the lead departments with responsibilities for tackling poverty, failed to make a submission to the Inquiry into Child Poverty until last night (Wednesday 9th January), after the publication of the interim report by the OFMDFM (Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister) Commitee.

Mr McCann said:

"You have to question the priority attached to the issue of poverty by Margaret Ritchie when her department, which is one of the lead departments with responsibilities for tackling poverty, failed to make a submission to the Inquiry into Child Poverty until last night (Wednesday 9th January), after the publication of the interim report.

"The Social Development Committee made its own submission to the Inquiry as did a number of other government departments and agencies and other community and voluntary organisations.

"Margaret Ritchie needs to get a grip on this issue and make it clear that the department is fully engaged with the agreed priority across the Executive's Programme for Government of eradicating poverty. The challenge for every Executive minister including Margaret Ritchie is to ensure that the paper commitments on eradicating poverty are translated into action." ENDS

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