Said Cllr Harkin: “Properly resourced advice services are an absolute necessity at any time but especially now with so many in our communities facing hardship.
“The June full meeting of Derry & Strabane District Council ratified our motion calling for increased funding to advice services from the DfC and Stormont.
“A previous People Before Profit motion blocked the big parties from pushing through further direct cuts to independent advice services by the Council itself.
“However, absolute funding from Stormont and the Council for advice provision has remained essentially static since 2015.
“This means funding has been reduced every year since 2015.
“The scale of the year-on-year funding cut is much greater this year because of rising costs and it’s putting futher pressure on already overstretched providers to maintain services.
“Given the scale of deprivation we face here, it should primarily be the responsibility of the DfC and not the Council to make sure advice provision is properly maintained.
“Advice services have played a critical role in helping people throughout the pandemic and cost of living crisis.
“It’s essential for advice provision to be strengthened in order for workers to have the resources and pay needed to make sure people across Derry and District get access to help quickly.”
PBP Cllr Shaun Harkin’s motion ratified at June full Council:
“Core funding for Advice Provision from DfC and DCSDC has remained essentially static since 2015.
“This is putting tremendous pressures on our advice providers.
“Council will take robust action demanding the Department for Communities commit to a significant increase in year-on-year funding for advice provision based on inflationary pressures and based on the scale of need across our District.”Tags: