NICVA seek urgent meeting with First and deputy First Minister

Stormont

In reponse to severe cuts to the voluntary and community sector NICVA has asked for an urgent meeting with First and deputy First Minister.

Seamus McAleavey NICVA Chief Executive said "The scale of the cuts being faced and the resulting jobs losses is unprecedented in our sector’s relationship with government in Northern Ireland in the last 35 or more years.

"The First and deputy First Minister have overall responsibility for the work of the NI Executive and so we want this meeting because we think decisions are being made unfairly across a number of departments. We believe the view of budget holders is that voluntary and community sector programmes are the easiest and quickest to cut regardless of their value.

"We further believe that some decisions are made recognising that they will ultimately rebound and cost government more in the long run as more expensive options in turn come into play."

NICVA staff are working to collate the overall impact of budget cuts on the voluntary and community sector and the services it provides. You can add information about any cuts your organisations is facing here.