Reprieve for local Social Security Offices

Newry Times News Posted by
info@newrytimes.com
Thursday, May 4th, 2017
Community, Politics

hazzard2Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has confirmed that proposed closures of the Newcastle and Ballynahinch Social Security Offices have been put on hold until a new Communities Minister has the opportunity to review the proposals currently on the table.

The South Down MLA said, “Following discussions with the Department for Communities I can confirm that no decision will be taken regarding the proposed closures until after an Executive has been formed and the next Minister has had the opportunity to consider all possible options.


 

 

“Sinn Féin have opposed the proposed closures from the outset as they will undoubtedly have a negative impact on the most vulnerable people in our community.

Article continues below:

25th March 2017He added, “We believe it is entirely unacceptable to force claimants to travel such long distances in times of increasing economic hardship.”


 

Local Cllr Willie Clarke added, “I am sure that this confirmation will alleviate much concern amongst the community and particularly for those who would be directly affected.

Article continues below:

25th March 2017 Box AdvertClarke added, “Thankfully those of us who have campaigned against these closures will now have an opportunity to engage with a new Minister in the future and once again make the case for local access to vitally important services.”


Would you like to advertise your business on Newry Times and reach thousands of people every day? Contact the Newry Times office on 028 4062 6520 or email Paul: editor@newrytimes.com

Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed









Find us on Facebook

-->

This website does not share personal information with third parties nor do we store any information about your visit other than to analyze and optimize your content and reading experience through the use of cookies. You can turn off the use of cookies at anytime by changing your specific browser settings.

We are not responsible for republished content from this blog on other blogs or websites without our permission. This privacy policy is subject to change without notice and was last updated on 16/01/2017. If you have any questions feel free to contact Newry Times by emailing editor@newrytimes.com

Log in