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Disadvantaged communities will welcome additional funding from the Executive

22 March, 2011 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin junior Minister Gerry Kelly MLA has welcomed the news from today’s Executive meeting that the £80 million Social Development Fund is to be rolled out across some of the most deprived areas in the Six Counties.

Speaking today Mr Kelly said;

“This is indeed welcome news for some of the north’s most socio-economically deprived communities; I have no doubt those people working tirelessly on the ground will welcome today’s announcement.

The Executive set itself an objective of targeting disadvantage and supporting those most vulnerable within our community; this additional £80 million is about tackling that same disadvantage, about tackling dereliction and about tackling directly the effects that poverty and other disadvantage has on our people, not least issues around mental health, physical wellbeing, access to training and employment etc.

This news should be welcomed by all of those who make prioritising working class and disadvantaged communities their benchmark.” CRÍOCH

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