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Cuts to Youth Services will be taken to Equality Commission and Children's Commissioner

5 April, 2006

Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Michael Ferguson will join Youth Service providers outside the Belfast Education and Library Board Office in Academy Street at 2pm before the BELB Youth Services meeting.The protest comes just a week after the BELB non elected members voted through £3.6m of cuts by 1 vote.

The Members of the Committee will be presented with an Audit of youth services and an impact assessment of cuts on this provision.

Commenting on the protest Michael Ferguson said,

"The proposed cuts to youth services provision will result in the closure of all Midnight Clubs, affecting over 300 young people, a reduction of 15.000 youth work hours a week, end work with secondary schools, while impacting on cross border, cross community and IT services.

"The cuts will also adversely impact on the top 10 TSN areas; increase the number of young people on the streets by 2000 as a result of the reduction in part time hours.

"It is important that those non elected members of this Committee understand the implications of their decisions and this protest is to hold them accountable publicly and also to make them aware that we will be seeking an equality impact assessment".

"I will also be referring all decisions to the Equality Commission for assessment while at the same time asking the Office of the Children‚s Commissioner to review the loss of provision particularly in TSN areas". ENDS

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