Minister must support Neighbourhood Renewal
Sinn Féin MLA for North Belfast and member of the Social Development Committee at Stormont, Carál Ní Chuilín has called for Alex Attwood as Minister for Social development to ensure that Neighbourhood Renewal will be included in his budget beyond March 2011.
This follows a protest held today at Stormont by a number of community groups who will be directly and adversely affected by the removal of funding under this scheme in March 2011 which was supported by Sinn Féin.
Speaking following the protest Ms Ní Chuilín said:
"The Neighbourhood Renewal programme has become a key element on service provision in many of our most deprived communities. The delivery of childcare, health and education schemes, and countless other frontline services however is under threat due to funding realities.
"These are funding realities that can be addressed. As this cycle of funding comes to a close in March there is an onus on the main funding body, the department of Social Development and the Minister, Alex Attwood, to step up to the mark and save these essential frontline services.
"These are services that operate within these communities, on their doorstep and are some of the most accessible for those who are in need of them.
"What Alex Atwood as Minister must do now is to ensure that Neighbourhood Renewal will be included in his budget beyond March 2011. To do any less will be depriving communities of much needed and utilised services.”