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Cllr Máire Cairns Calls for 'Supporting People' funding to be reinstated

Published: 6 October, 2017

Sinn Féin Cllr Máire Cairns has called on the Housing Executive to reinstate funding to providers of a housing support programme that helps vulnerable people in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council area.

Cllr Cairns was speaking after visiting a Supporting People scheme in Templar Court, Lurgan.

"Each year, the Supporting People (SP) programme assists more than 1,380 people in the council area to live independently and avoid problems that can result in hospitalisation, institutional care or homelessness.

"Earlier this year, NIHE implemented a five percent funding reduction across all SP schemes, putting the viability of many schemes at risk. While I welcome the fact, in recent weeks, the Department for Communities gave NIHE a one-off £2.6million allocation to the programme, there is no certainty for the future

"I am calling on the Housing Executive to reinstate long term funding immediately.

"I was hugely impressed with the work I witnessed in Templar court, it is clear Supporting People is making a real positive difference to people lives."