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New funding guidelines placing Voluntary/Community groups under threat

23 February, 2007

Sinn Féin Foyle Assembly election candidate Martina Anderson speaking today after meeting with a number of community and voluntary sector groups in Derry has voiced concerns at the threat of closure facing a number of groups as a result of new guidelines on Neighbourhood Renewal funding which will come into operation in April 2007.

Ms Anderson said:

"These groups up until now have been directly financed through DSD but under these new guidelines they will now have to apply for consideration by Neighbourhood Partnerships within the city. While this may facilitate groups with a neighbourhood base, those who deliver services citywide may find it difficult to access funding through this process.

"Given the extremely high levels of deprivation throughout the city it is unclear how groups delivering services to residents of multiply-deprived neighbourhoods can access appropriate levels of funding.

"I am urging DSD to meet with the citywide groups and clarify what the process that these groups will have to follow is, and work with them to determine how they can continue to deliver services in the new dispensation that starts in April." ENDS

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