Brian Stanley T.D. slams threat to Local Community Development Programme
The Sinn Féin spokesperson on Local Government Brian Stanley TD has slammed the threat to Local Community Development Programme by government plans to bring them under the control of local authorities. Deputy Stanley was speaking during a debate on LEADER and the LCDP, and claimed that in effect funding would be channelled through county managers and that many local schemes would not survive.
Deputy Stanley said:
“Thousands of jobs have been created by LCDPs over the years, and they provide a wide range of services to the community. They are in fact one of the few successful examples of social exclusion schemes in this state. It is ironic therefore that at a time when the EU has held up the Irish model, that the government is planning to undermine it.
“It makes no sense to have community groups at one another’s threats tendering for schemes and competing for funds, and it would be an absolute disaster if such schemes were to be tendered out to private companies whose only interest is making profit.”
Deputy Stanley called on the government retain LEADER and the LCDP as they are, and for the Department of the Environment to engage with the trade unions through the LRC to address the employment issues that will arise if the changes go ahead.