Extern funding cuts show the human cost of the lack of devolved government

Monday 13 March 2017

Steven Agnew and Clare Bailey attended a Stormont rally this afternoon in support of Extern, after the charity lost funding for a vital project.

The Intensive Family Support Service is to be scrapped after senior civil servants made the decision to cut funding as parties continue in their discussions around reviving the Executive.

Steven Agnew MLA responded:

“I share the disappointment of Extern CEO Charlie Mack that government funding for the Intensive Family Support Service (IFSS) has been withdrawn.

“This illustrates the human cost of the inability of the traditional parties to agree a budget and get on with government.

“It is a devastating outcome for the families who benefitted from this service. I’m also angry that Extern staff will lose their jobs as a result of this funding cut.

“The need to agree a budget before the end of the month should be the focus of political discussions.

Steven Agnew MLA concluded:

“If no budget is agreed I am certain that there will be further cuts to service with further job losses also inevitable.

“This is a failure of politics on the part of the traditional parties – there is no budget agreed and parties are posturing instead of doing their job.”


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