First and deputy First Minister announce consultation on £80million Social Investment Fund

Consultation on the long awaited and much talked about Social Investment Fund was launched in Parliament Buildings on 27 September.

Speaking at the launch Mr Robinson said: 

The Social Investment Fund aims to reduce poverty, unemployment and physical deterioration. The Fund will encourage communities, statutory agencies, business and departments to work together in a co-ordinated way, reducing duplication, sharing best practice and enhancing existing provision for the benefits of those communities most in need.

“The aim of the consultation is to seek the views of the public on the proposed operation of the Social Investment Fund (SIF), including options for applying to the Fund, how the Fund should be managed and the structures to support its delivery.”

In encouraging community groups and the wider public to respond to the consultation Mr. O’Dowd said:

“In these challenging times it is more important than ever that communities work together to make their areas better, safer and more appealing. As an Executive we are committed to tackling disadvantage and ensuring that the most vulnerable in our society are protected as far as possible from the demoralising impact of the continuing economic downturn.

“Through the Social Investment Fund we will aim to address the systemic issues linked to deprivation, to build pathways to greater employment opportunities and increase community services. Your views can make a difference and I encourage everyone to take this opportunity to either respond formally to the consultation or attend one of the upcoming public meetings.”

The consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 23 December 2011. OFMdFM are planning a number of public consultation events however dates have not been confirmed yet.

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