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SDLP criticism of investment in disadvantaged areas ‘bizarre’ – Anderson

16 September, 2010 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin MLA (Foyle) Martina Anderson has criticised the opportunist attack from Alex Attwood in this morning’s Irish News.

Speaking this morning Ms Anderson said;

“The criticism levelled by Alex Attwood and the SDLP is one of the most bizarre to date from a party who stand for little but are opposed to lots. Are the SDLP telling us that we should not develop programmes to tackle poverty and social disadvantage? Is Alex telling us that additional monies should not be ear marked to programmes to lift areas such as his own constituency of West Belfast or my own constituency of Foyle out of disadvantage?

OFMdFM have the responsibility to tackle poverty in our society.

As part of seeking to help assist areas suffering the greatest levels of deprivation OFMdFM put forward a bid to be considered as part of the next Comprehensive Spending Review and are in the early stages of developing a programme to tackle poverty in the most disadvantaged communities in the north.

That information was sent to the OFMdFM committee, which SDLP members sit on, so it can hardly be considered that something was being ‘hidden’ or that OFMdFM were ‘cooking’ something up.

The bid, like all others, will be considered by the Executive and it is they who will decide. The SDLP’s track record in actually delivering for deprived working class nationalist and unionist areas hardly basks them in glory; so Alex’s latest attack will come as no surprise to the people who have been working on the frontline and doing much work to deliver for those most in need more often than not despite the SDLP.” CRÍOCH

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