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Kelly welcomes protection of Sure Start and youth services budgets

Published: 28 July, 2017

Sinn Féin Children and Young People spokesperson Catherine Kelly MLA has welcomed confirmation that Sure Start and Youth Service budgets will not be cut despite earlier warnings from department officials.

The West Tyrone MLA,

"The protection of the Sure Start and Youth Services budgets, along with the reversal of the school uniform cut, were three of Sinn Féin's key priorities across a number of engagements with the Education Authority and departmental officials over recent weeks.

"We greatly welcomed the u-turn on the school uniforms and now the department has also confirmed that Sure Start and Youth Services spending will not be cut after all.

"Martina Anderson MEP and I met with Sure Start in Omagh last week about this and the news will come as a great relief to the thousands of families who benefit from Sure Start and Youth Services across the North and of course, those employed within these services who have been facing a great deal of uncertainty ever since the Department indicated a number of weeks ago that the budgets were to be cut."