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Robinson and O'Dowd announce consultation on Social Investment Fund (SIF)

First Minister Rt. Hon Peter D. Robinson MLA and acting deputy First Minister John ODowd MLA have announced the beginning of a 12 week consultation on the Social Investment Fund.
Tuesday, 27 September 2011

The consultation document can be accessed on the OFMDFM website.

Mr Robinson said: “The Social Investment Fund aims to reduce poverty, unemployment and physical deterioration. The Fund will encourage communities, statutory agencies, business and departments to work together in a co-ordinated way, reducing duplication, sharing best practice and enhancing existing provision for the benefits of those communities most in need.

“The aim of the consultation is to seek the views of the public on the proposed operation of the Social Investment Fund (SIF), including options for applying to the Fund, how the Fund should be managed and the structures to support its delivery.”

In encouraging community groups and the wider public to respond to the consultation Mr. O’Dowd said: “In these challenging times it is more important than ever that communities work together to make their areas better, safer and more appealing. As an Executive we are committed to tackling disadvantage and ensuring that the most vulnerable in our society are protected as far as possible from the demoralising impact of the continuing economic downturn.

“Through the Social Investment Fund we will aim to address the systemic issues linked to deprivation, to build pathways to greater employment opportunities and increase community services. Your views can make a difference and I encourage everyone to take this opportunity to either respond formally to the consultation or attend one of the upcoming public meetings.”

The consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 23 December 2011.

Notes to editors:

1. Hard copies of the consultation document and questionnaire can be made available on request and you should forward any requests to Policy Secretariat, OFMDFM at the following:

Policy Secretariat, OFMDFM,
Room E3.19, Castle Buildings, Stormont Estate,
Belfast, BT4 3SR

tel: 028 9052 2542 or 028 9052 0584
fax: 028 9052 3272
text phone: 028 9052 2526

2. Media enquiries to the OFMDFM Press Office on 028 9037 8120. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 076 9971 5 440 and your call will be returned.