The Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Carál Ní Chuilín has said her department is focused on making a positive impact on the lives of those in need in the North West.
The Minister was asked by Basil McCrea, MLA for Lagan Valley, “what assessment of value for money was given to the spend on City of Culture Legacy programmes, given the serious budgetary constraints facing this Department and its arm’s-length bodies”.
Minister Ni Chuilin responded: “Evidence from European Cities of Culture demonstrates that continued support and investment is required to fully achieve benefits associated with hosting a City of Culture year. In November 2013, I made a commitment to maximising the successful impact of City of Culture 2013 by seeking additional funding to support further socio economic development in the North West, an area which continues to suffer from significant deprivation and inequality. My Department has secured more than £6m of funding through in year monitoring round bids from January 2014 to date to meet this commitment. My Department’s focus on the North West reflects the need to support innovative solutions to positively impact the lives of those most in need. I am committed to harnessing opportunities presented following City of Culture 2013 in parallel with supporting the core infrastructure of our creative and cultural sector.”