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Sunday 17 December 2017

Community workers begin fight against government cutbacks

Shane Hickey

THE future of community projects such as meals on wheels and home visits for the elderly are being put at risk by government cutbacks, it has been claimed.

Some 4,000 people are expected to attend events around the country tomorrow in support of community services projects.

The Community Celebration Day will be held for the 420 projects that provide local transport, childcare, help for the elderly and other services under the Community Services Programme (CSP).

Organisers claim there is a threat to the future of a number of the programmes due to funding cuts, which came into effect on January 1.

Up until now, the Government has paid €4,000 per employed person for overheads in running the projects. But since this allowance has been taken away, CSP says staff have had to take pay cuts and services have been curtailed.

"Community service projects carry out a huge range of important caring and community services on a daily basis but they can be invisible and forgotten," said CSPs national network chair Jill Carey.

"The Government must recognise their valuable work and ensure that the Community Services Programme is not subject to further cuts," she added.

Irish Independent

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