West Belfast Sinn Féin MLA welcomes launch of Colin area report
Sinn Féin MLA and Junior Minister and Jennifer McCann has welcomed the launch today of the report by Colin Early Intervention Committee at Parliament Buildings.
The West Belfast MLA said:
“The positive impact early intervention programmes have in the lives of residents is well documented.
“In areas like the Colin, which suffers from a legacy of under-investment and resultant shortage of social and leisure facilities, it is essential these programmes are supported and resourced by government departments.
“Colin is within the top 3% of the most deprived areas in the North and has high levels of unemployment, more than twice the North’s average, and social need.
“It also has the highest percentage of under-16s across all the Neighbourhood Renewal Areas, and 42% of its 16-19 year olds have no educational qualifications.
Compared with other similar sized communities in the North, Colin is severely lacking in leisure, recreational, health, sports and community facilities that would normally be found in an area with this population and demographic profile.
“It is essential that there is investment in areas like Colin and I would urge the Executive to ensure that all government departments are fulfilling the Programme for Government priorities of tackling disadvantage and need by investing in areas of deprivation and need.”