Sinn Féin MLA Liz Kimmins has said that jobs and key local services will be lost as a result of the British Government failure to fully restore EU funding.
The Newry & Armagh MLA spoke after recent meetings with local groups in Newry including Mencap and Clanrye Group saying:
“The failure of the British Government to replace vital EU funds has put many local jobs and services at risk.
“I have heard from staff, service users and their families who are extremely concerned as they head towards a cliff edge at the end of March, with no future funding confirmed yet for these vital services.
“This will result in significant job losses across the North, as well as leaving many people with disabilities with no access to crucial support going forward.
“The loss of these funds is yet another consequence for our communities of the Brexit forced upon us by a Tory government.
“Sinn Féin will continue to lobby the British Government to honour its commitment and restore lost EU funds and not to make our communities the latest casualty of the Tories’ calamitous Brexit mess.
“The community and voluntary sector need an Executive up and running now and all parties working together around the table to provide support for these groups.”
“The protocol deal is done, there can be no more delays or excuses.
“Sinn Féin is ready to form an Executive today and work to support our community groups.”