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Castle Court Benefit shop must remain open

4 August, 2015 - by Fra McCann

Sinn Féin MLA for West Belfast Fra McCann MLA has said the decision by the Social Security Agency to close its Benefit Shop based in Castle Court, is short sighted given proposed welfare cuts by the British government.

Mr McCann said,

 “It is unbelievable at a time of growing need for benefit information that the Social Security Agency has decided to close its office in Castle Court.

 “This Benefit shop is used by many people to seek employment and to find out what benefits they are entitled to.

 “As the British government welfare cuts begin to have a deep impact the need for this office has never been greater and it should remain open.

 “This office is a central resource for many in seeking help and assistance and the fact that it is city centre based makes it open for all citizens.

 “The service provided by this office cannot be replicated through IT as many people have no access to computers or are computer illiterate. It will also be extra strain on the already under resourced advice sector.

 “Sinn Féin will be raising this with the minister as a matter of urgency in order to have this service retained for all the people of Belfast.” ENDS/CRÍOCH

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