Ministers in child poverty meeting

Junior Ministers Martina Anderson and Jonathan Bell pictured at the round table discussion on child poverty held at the TRIAX offices with speakers, from left, Ciara Ferguson, GSAP, Maureen Collins, Neighbourhood Assist, Gerry Quinn, TRIAX Neighbourhood Partnership Board, Monica Martin, WHSCT, and Fiona Teague, Derry Healthy Cities. (0203PG83)

Junior Ministers Martina Anderson and Jonathan Bell pictured at the round table discussion on child poverty held at the TRIAX offices with speakers, from left, Ciara Ferguson, GSAP, Maureen Collins, Neighbourhood Assist, Gerry Quinn, TRIAX Neighbourhood Partnership Board, Monica Martin, WHSCT, and Fiona Teague, Derry Healthy Cities. (0203PG83)

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Junior Ministers Martina Anderson and Jonathon Bell met with community workers in Derry to discuss how the Executive can fulfil its commitment to eradicate child poverty.

The ministers met with a range of organisations at an event organised by Triax to hear their opinions. Speaking after the event, Minister Anderson said; “At the Triax event we had an opportunity to hear from practitioners on the ground about what they feel works and does not work.

“They are at the coal face of dealing with many of the difficulties that families face so their input will have a direct bearing on the challenges that we bring forward other Executive colleagues.

“The Executive has committed £80m over the next three years to helping areas suffering from high levels of deprivation. We wait to see what priorities will be brought forward but we would be surprised if children’s issues did not feature prominently.

“The Executive also committed to finding £80m for the Social Protection Fund, to assist those individuals who are most affected by hardship.”