So­cially de­prived ar­eas pri­or­ity

Wexford People - - NEWS -

ON March 26 the sign­ing of the So­cial In­clu­sion and Com­mu­nity Ac­ti­va­tion pro­gramme 2018-2022 (SIPAC) con­tract be­tween Wex­ford County Coun­cil, Wex­ford Lo­cal Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee and Wex­ford Lo­cal De­vel­op­ment took place in County Hall.

The meet­ing heard that its pur­pose is to tackle poverty, so­cial ex­clu­sion and long-term un­em­ploy­ment in the county through lo­cal en­gage­ment and part­ner­ship be­tween dis­a­van­taged in­di­vid­u­als, com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and pub­lic sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The con­tract was signed by CEO Tom En­right, Kath­leen Codd Nolan, chair­per­son of Wex­ford Lo­cal Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Com­mitt­tee and by Michael Wall, chair­per­son and Brian Ke­hoe, CEO of Wex­ford Lo­cal De­vel­op­ment. Cllr Mal­colm Byrne said: ‘We haven’t seen ev­i­dence of ar­eas of so­cial de­pri­va­tion and ex­clu­sion be­ing tack­led like this. What mea­sures are we, as a coun­cil body, putting in place at the end of this pro­gramme? Yes, money will be spent but in a num­ber of dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties we won’t have seen money spent. It’s very easy for some com­mu­ni­ties to be able to ac­cess re­sources, while oth­ers can’t.

‘While con­grat­u­lat­ing Wex­ford County Coun­cil on the con­tract what mea­sures of suc­cess do we have in place once this pro­gramme is fin­ished and will we see real progress?’

Di­rec­tor of Ser­vices John Car­ley said the whole area has to be looked at. ‘There were some dis­ap­point­ments (under the pre­vi­ous pro­gramme). We will be putting ro­bust mea­sures in place to en­sure ev­ery­thing is suc­cess­ful in ar­eas that are so­cially de­prived and in ar­eas where there have been no im­prove­ments in.’

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