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Sinn Fein MLA Jennifer McCann Memorial Fund Funding Statement

21 December, 2009 - by Jennifer McCann

Sinn Féin MLA Jennifer McCann has encouraged conflict victims and victim's relatives who may be eligible for financial assistance from the Memorial Fund to ensure they apply.

£1.8 million has been made available to the Memorial Fund this week by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister.

Ms McCann said:

"There has been an enormous toll in deaths and injuries during the conflict.

"This funding will help some of the most vulnerable citizens in our society and their families in a practical way.

"The new Victims and Survivors strategy, when fully implemented, will see a more focussed, coordinated and needs led approach to how we provide support to victims and survivors."

The payments will be distributed through several schemes currently operated by the Memorial Fund.

These are;

People over 60 who have lost a brother or sister or a child or who were injured themselves during the conflict can apply for a £250 payment to help with the cost of living, particularly winter heating costs. If you are a new applicant for this scheme, you are also entitled to an initial £200 payment upon approval by the Memorial Fund.

If you have lost a parent, a child or have been injured yourself as a result of the conflict, you can apply for a £500 respite break voucher.

If you are a registered carer or a primary carer of people injured during the conflict, you can also apply for a payment. Registered carers will need a letter from a GP to confirm they are a registered carer.

If you think you are entitled to financial assistance from any of these schemes, or if you would like further information, please contact the Northern Ireland Memorial Fund;

By phone on 028 9076 1166
By Fax on 028 9076 1144
By email at [email protected]
Or at the  Memorial Fund offices at Unit 1, Massey Avenue, Belfast, BT4 2JT

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