Following a meeting of representatives from the Community and Voluntary sector across Newry and Armagh, Sinn Féin MLA Liz Kimmins has said these groups and those they support are facing great challenges as the cost of living continues to rise.
The Newry and Armagh MLA said:
“Today our Sinn Féin team met with representatives from the community and voluntary sector from all across Newry and Armagh.
“It was clear that these groups provide an absolutely vital service to our community in helping to support the most vulnerable in our society
“It was equally clear that these groups are struggling to continue providing their service to our communities as they try to manage soaring food and fuel prices.
“Workers and families are really worried about this winter and the difficult choices that are facing so many of them and so it is absolutely essential that we offer all the assistance that we can to the Community and Voluntary sector, to support the incredible work they do in our communities.
Her colleague, Conor Murphy MLA added:
“It was great to speak to so many representatives from the Community and Voluntary Sector and to hear about the specific services they provide as well as the challenges they’re facing.
Now, because of the blocking of an Executive, we face a savage Tory budget which will cut support for public services and workers and families.
“With this in mind, we were keen to offer whatever support and advice that we could to these groups to better help them in supporting the vulnerable in our communities this winter.
“The British Government must stop their delays and indecision and spell out clearly how they intend to restore the Executive and get us out of the state of limbo they have created.
“They must stop pandering to those blocking change.
“The public want and deserve an Executive to support them through the cost of living crisis, to help fix the Health Service and to build a better future for all our people.
“Sinn Féin is ready to do that right now.”