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McCann writes to Education Minister

20 January, 2017 - by Fra McCann

Sinn Féin MLA Fra McCann has written to the Education Minister seeking an urgent meeting to discuss the withdrawal of funding which funds hundreds of youth posts across the North.

The West Belfast MLA said:

“Many youth groups have received letters stating that funding given under the Extended Provision Youth Work programme by former Minister John O Dowd is being withdrawn.

“The funding helped support additional youth work which allowed youth organisations to employ hundreds of workers to work in the most socially deprived communities across the North.

“I understand in Belfast alone this could impact on around 150 people who work in areas like the Falls/Divis, Lower Shankil, Clonard and Silverstream. There could be as many as 300 people losing their employment. 

“There is no doubt that this scheme has impacted on communities and young people's lives.

“The Minister needs to explain why he has taken this decision, which will no doubt have far reaching consequences for vulnerable communities.

“I have sought a meeting to ask the Minister to reverse this decision.” ENDS/CRÍOCH

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