Minister for Environment keeping disability groups in the dark over funding – Carthy
Speaking today in relation to the review of the Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO) announced by Minister for Environment, Alan Kelly last year, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy has stated that the delay in determining the future of this scheme means that the organisations involved are facing uncertain futures.
“At the start of July last year, it emerged that some 26 disability and health and caring related organisations had their funding revoked in the allocations for the 2014 – 2016 round of the Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO) in one of the most mean spirited attacks of this Government.
“In a rare moment of insight and compassion, the Government realised its mistake and restored the funding on a temporary basis pending a review of the scheme due to be completed at the end of march 2015.
“To date, the organisations involved have not received any indication from the Minister as to the outcome of the review in question and if their funding will continue.
“These organisations rely on the funding concerned to employ staff members, provide services and other resources for people with neurological problems, disabilities and other health conditions for example.
“It is remarkable that amidst all this talk of an economic recovery, the Government cannot source funds to support these organisations that provide so much support to vulnerable people.
“We are not talking a colossal sum of money in the grand scheme of things – this scheme costs just over 1 million euro a year.
“The Government has once again shown its utter contempt for those least well off in society and the Minister should be ashamed of himself.
“I am calling on Minister Alan Kelly to provide reassurance to these organisations that the Scheme to Support National Organisations will be maintained with no reduction in the current level of funding.”