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‘Supporting People proposals devastating for most vulnerable’ - Ní Chuilín

28 August, 2019 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has said proposed changes to the Supporting People programme will hurt the must vulnerable in our society.

Speaking after submitting the party’s response to the Housing Executive's consultation, the party’s Housing spokesperson said:

“This is effectively a cost-cutting exercise by the Housing Executive which would have a detrimental impact on the most vulnerable in society.

“We already face a difficult situation where charitable providers have been advised to plan for an eight percent funding cut to services over the next three years.

“The Housing Executive's claim that this change is in line with a 2015 departmental review into the Supporting People programme is simply wrong.

“This proposal is a solo run by the Housing Executive. The Department of Communities must prevent this from happening. 

“The funding required to support these vulnerable people cannot be predetermined on an estimated number of hours as the time required to support these individuals, many with highly complex issues, will vary depending on individual needs.

“The absence of an equality impact assessment is a glaring omission by the Housing Executive given the impact these changes would have on vulnerable people.

“Sinn Féin will continue to challenge and oppose these unacceptable proposals on the future of the Supporting People programme.”

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