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Funding for 32 Health and Disability Organisations remains unresolved – Carthy

26 May, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Commenting today on the fact that the Minister of Environment, Community and Local Government has still failed to complete the review of the Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO), due to be complete by March 2015, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy has stated that the Government has completely let down the organisations in question who rely on this funding.

Carthy said:

“The revocation of the allocations for the 2014 -2016 round of the Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO) for over 30 disability, health and caring related organisations has to be one of the most mean spirited attacks of this Government.

“While I recognise that the Government has restored this funding for a temporary period in order to carry out a review, this was due to be completed at the end of March 2015 and the organisations in question have been given no indication as to the future.

“In response to a Parliamentary Question, the Minister has revealed that the review promised to these groups has not been complete nor is it clear when it will be complete.

“The majority of the organisations concerned rely on this funding to employ staff members, provide services and other resources for people with neurological problems, disabilities or other health conditions.

“It is truly remarkable that while this Government is busy congratulating itself on an economic recovery that has yet to be felt by the majority of people across this state, €1 million euro a year cannot be sources to support these organisations that provide so much support to vulnerable people.

“The Government has once again shown its utter contempt for those less well off in society and the Minister should be ashamed of himself in leaving these organisations in the dark with respect to their financial futures.

"I am calling on the Minister to immediately reassure the organisations in question that there will be no reduction in their funding and that the Scheme to Support National Organisations will be maintained."ENDS

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