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Advice groups inclusion welcomed in tackling hardship - McCann

24 October, 2010 - by Fra McCann

Advice groups inclusion welcomed in tackling hardship - McCann

Sinn Féin MLA for West Belfast and member o the Social Development committee at Stormont, Fra McCann, has welcomed the decision by the Social Development to include local advice groups into the sub-group in order to advise him on the way forward for those in society who will be most affected by the proposed British government cuts.

Speaking earlier Mr McCann said:

“This decision comes on the back of a question that I raised with the Minister about bringing groups such as Housing Rights, Advice NI and Disability Action who work at the coal face of dealing with issues.

“We were informed at this weeks Social Development Committee that the Minister is to include these groups. This is an essential move in order to provide a comprehensive and honest assessment in regards to the severity of the slashing cuts announced by the Tory government that will impact heavily on the most vulnerable within our society.

“The projected cuts will be disastrous for those on benefits, pensioners and low income families. Further to this will a projected 36,000 job losses over the next four years as a direct result of Tory policy the amount of those who will require the safety net that benefits is meant to provide will grow massively.

“The consultation process to be developed with these groups who have the knowledge and expertise in these areas needs to happen and a strategy should be forthcoming that in some alleviates the future prospects faced by the most vulnerable in our communities.”

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