Groups will share £1m to fight sec­tar­i­an­ism

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Ruther­glen and Hamilton West MP Mar­garet Fer­rier has wel­comed a fund­ing boost for anti-sec­tar­i­an­ism work across Scot­land.

An­nounced by the min­is­ter for com­mu­nity safety, Annabelle Ewing MSP on Fri­day, £ 1mil­lion in fund­ing will be shared by 20 com­mu­nity projects work­ing to erad­i­cate sec­tar­i­an­ism

The work will take for­ward the rec­om­men­dat io n s made by the in­de­pen­dent Ad­vi­sory Group on Tack­ling Sec­tar­i­an­ism in Scot­land.

In its fi­nal re­port the ad­vi­sory group con­cluded that sec­tar­i­an­ism needs to be tack­led with the same con­vic­tion and con­fi­dence as racism and ho­mo­pho­bia.

Ms Fer rier MP said: “Sec­tar­i­an­ism still blights our so­ci­ety, and the an­nounce­ment of this fund­ing is in­cred­i­bly wel­come.

“It shows the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment ’ s on­go­ing com­mit­ment to se­ri­ously deal­ing with the prob­lem.

“Many com­mu­ni­ties – in­clud­ing in my con­stituency – live un­der the shadow of sec­tar­i­an­ism on a daily ba­sis.

“It will take time to stamp it out, but the fi­nan­cial sup­port an­nounced for sev­eral ex­cel­lent com­mu­nity projects is an­other step in the right di­rec­tion.”

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