Fermanagh South Tyrone Sinn Féin Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

MP welcomes protection of Supporting People grant

Published: 13 November, 2014

Sinn Fein MP Michelle Gildernew has welcomed the news that the Department of Social Development is protecting the fundamental Supporting People grant.

In reply to a question submitted to the Minister for Social Development, Ms.Gildernew explains,

"Supporting People was introduced in the north in April 2003. Since then the programme has represented a major investment in housing support services here.

"It provides housing related support to help vulnerable people to live as independently as possible in the community whether in their own homes or in hostels, sheltered housing or other specialised supported housing.

"Included under the umbrella term 'vulnerable people' are those suffering from domestic abuse.

"The Supporting People grant makes provision for housing support to be delivered by 9 Women's Aid providers in the north of Ireland with a total of £6.7m invested representing 9% of the total grant allocation.

"Women's Aid has led the way for many years in supporting victims and survivors and in creating safer communities where people don't have to live in fear. Women's Aid provides a critical lifeline to these women and I am very appreciative of their outreach efforts in rural areas, in particular.

The Fermanagh & South Tyrone MP continues,

"No woman or child should be subjected to violence and abuse in their home. I therefore welcome the Ministers declaration that The Supporting People grant for the financial year 2014/2015 has been approved for £74m to ensure housing support services are maintained across all housing schemes.

"Domestic violence in all its forms is a crime and I think we all have to work harder to tackle it from Government down to grassroots level." ENDS