Sinn Féin Councillor Brenda Chivers has expressed her deep concern at new statistics that have shown high levels of deprivation in the Limavady area.
Cllr. Chivers said: “The vast majority of small areas in Limavady are amongst the most deprived in the North, in one of these areas 40 percent of residents have never worked.”
“The report examined all the areas of Limavady in terms of health, education and employment. The Limavady area had higher than average levels of long term health problems, disabilities, mental health issues and learning difficulties.”
“It also found that higher than average numbers of people with no qualifications in most areas. It found higher than average economic inactivity, youth unemployment and long term unemployment in many areas of Limavady.
“The new council area of Causeway Coast and Glens need to work closely with the Assembly and other agencies in order to regenerate Limavady as it cannot continue to be allowed to decline in the way it has in the past.”
The Tory welfare cuts will only add to the deprivation of these communities that is why Sinn Féin will continue to defend the worse off in society and not allow these cuts to be imposed in their current form.
“The welfare cuts cannot be used as an excuse to put off tackling these stark statistics that put Limavady at top of all the worst indicators of deprivation.”