‘Supporting People programme must be protected’ — Ní Chuilín
Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has said called on the Department of Communities and Housing Executive to ensure that funding for the ‘Supporting People’ programme is protected.
Speaking after attending a cross-party meeting with Department and Housing Executive officials, the party's Housing Spokesperson said:
“Supporting People helps some of the most vulnerable people in society to live independently, including those who are disabled, elderly, and victims of domestic violence.
“Helping people to live in their own home and to remain part of the community is better for the health and well-being of the person involved.
“Supporting People providers are already financially stretched in providing vital services.
“I pressed officials on the absolute need to protect this programme in the 2019/2020 budget, that all efforts are made to prevent any cut to Supporting People.”