‘Figures highlight need for anti-poverty strategy’ – Sinn Féin

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Thursday, November 30th, 2017

The latest Multiple Deprivation figures published by NISRA demonstrate the need for an anti-poverty strategy to combat ongoing inequalities, Newry & Armagh MP Mickey Brady has said.

He was commenting on the recently published figures which identify District Wards in Newry, South Armagh and Armagh City in the top 100 most deprived areas in the North.



The Sinn Féin representative said, “Whilst the figures have just been published and need to be carefully studied, it is already evident from them that substantial inequalities still exist between and within communities.

“These inequalities need to be robustly tackled if we are going to improve the lives of everyone and help them fulfil their true potential.”



Commenting on the issue, his colleague Newry & Armagh MLA Megan Fearon said that any incoming Executive would need to fully develop an anti poverty strategy focusing on those clearly in need.

“It will be imperative that any incoming Executive utilises the most recent data to fully develop an anti-poverty strategy which clearly targets those most in need, setting out the actions and outcomes they plan to achieve alongside a budget for ensuring the work is carried out,” she insisted.



“That needs to be a priority. Sinn Féin will continue to engage with departmental officials as they prepare proposals for the anti-poverty strategy.”


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