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Sinn Féin MLA expresses concern at closure of PHAB Independent Living

31 October, 2006

Sinn Féin MLA Geraldine Dougan has this evening expressed her concern that PHAB NI Independent Living Ltd will close as of today, October 31st 2006.

Ms Dougan made her comments after it was announced that Phab NI Independent Living Ltd "will cease to trade as of today" Tuesday 31st October 2006‚ due to considerable financial difficulties.

Speaking today Ms Dougan said:

"It is my understanding that PHAB Independent Living has provided young adults with disabilities, the opportunity to live independent lives within the community. This decision will affect a number of staff members and could potentially affect supported housing, floating support and children‚s day care facilities.

"Those potentially affected by this include the most vulnerable people within our society.

"It is sad to learn that severe financial difficulties will lead to the closure of this operation which works right across the Six Counties. Phab Independent Living has helped transform the lives of over 700 young people to fully independent lives. It is important that this vital work is able to continue in the time ahead." ENDS

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