Funding cuts ‘disastrous’
Thursday, 26 January 2017
THE proposal to axe vital youth funding in Northern Ireland has been slammed as "disastrous" by Sinn Féin man, Oliver McMullan. Mr McMullan slammed the move after it emerged that financial support awarded under the Extended Provision Youth Work programme was set to be withdrawn by DUP Minister for Education, Mr Peter Weir.
Mr McMullan claims that the cuts will leave all youth clubs, including the ones which for inclusion groups, massively worse off and in danger of closing their doors.
However, Mr Weir has said he remains committed to ensuring that the needs of young people are prioritised in line with current policy objectives and within the resources available.
Speaking to The Chronicle, Mr. McMullan, the outgoing MLA who will contest his seat in the upcoming Assembly election, said: "I have written to the Private Office regarding the move made by the Education Minister. These cuts will have a massive affect on the inclusion groups, particularly those in my own area of the Glens.
“We service a wide area, it has taken a long time to build up and the youth club is ran by terrific workers. Once again it's the disability sector who is the scapegoat. This is yet another cut to services by a DUP Minister."
Mr McMullan said that although the financial support ran into billions, you simply couldn't put a figure on the good these youth clubs do.
He continued: "You couldn't quantify it, the benefit the groups get from this funding is worth each and every penny.
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