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Mc Cann calls for Minister to Prioritise Social Economy Budget

16 September, 2010 - by Jennifer McCann

Sinn Féin DETI Committee Member Jennifer McCann MLA (West Belfast) has called on the Minister to give assurances that the Social Economy Budget will be treated as a priority.

Following a meeting of the Enterprise Committee today Jennifer McCann said:

“I have grave concerns that the Social Economy Budget could see its funding reduced by up to £50,000 a year.

“The Social Economy Budget is a vital component in efforts to revitalise the economy and in the drive towards economic recovery. It not only creates local employment but also assists in regenerating communities. Rather than considering a reduction in this funding I believe it would assist regeneration of communities and strengthen the local economy if there was more focused investment in this sector.

“I am calling on DETI Minister, Arlene Foster to ensure that the Development of the Social Economy remains a priority within her department and that she ensures that it is given the attention and financial support it requires to grow and make its full contribution to economic recovery. CRÍOCH

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