28 half the service will go at the end august from north and west
Sinn Fein Education Spokesperson Michael Ferguson has described the loss of 28 Education and Library Board Youth Workers as merely the tip of the iceberg. The Belfast Sinn Fein Education and Library Board Team met with Stephen Hughes in Belfast City Hall today to discuss the how the Education budget crisis had impacted on Youth Service provision.
Commenting upon the loss of services Michael Ferguson said,
“At the end of August half of the entire workforce from both the statutory and voluntary youth sectors in Belfast will be gone.
In areas like North and West Belfast were suicide levels are so high those with the most experience and who work at the coalface of youth provision will be lost to the sector because of cuts to the education budget.
Sinn Fein has instructed all of its Education and Library Board representatives across the five Boards to oppose cuts, challenge any elected representative or non-elected Board member who supports cuts or further cuts to Education services.
The Government need to get real about educational provision and provide a real budget that supports education and learning from the nursery and school to the youth club.