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McCarthy

DO McCARTHY’S CUTS ADD UP?

McCarthy cuts would ruin Childcare & JI

Community services in a typical county

Currently County Tipperary has 33 Community Childcare schemes, three Family Resource Centres, 77 Community Employment schemes, six organisations supported by the Community Services Programme, two Partnership and LEADER Companies, five Community Development Projects, CLAR support to District Electoral Divisions, two RAPID coordinating centres, two Rural Transport Schemes and one Job Initiative project.

Community childcare is to be hit hard if the Bord Snip recommendations are put into action: “Firstly,” says SIPTU official, Joe Kelly, “the Community Childcare Committees are set to be marginalised and enveloped into a local authority in a onesize-fits-all-type of committee for various community-based groups including the Partnership Companies and the CDPs. “Secondly, the banding structure for parents is to be reduced again which will eliminate parents from the “Band C” group which will limit the parents able to access the community childcare schemes and as such limit the schemes income. These proposals, in conjunction to changes proposed to CE schemes, could threaten the level of take-up of CE places, which in turn will impact on the ability of community crèches, among other essential services, to continue in

Ballyfermot does the sums locally: 4000 people lose out

A total of 3,897 individuals living in the Ballyfermot Partnership area in Dublin would no longer receive a range of services from community organisations if the proposed McCarthy cuts… are fully implemented. Furthermore, (closure of ) a number of these proposed cuts would also adversely impact on the families of many of the 3,897 individuals. A total of 68 jobs will be lost. The above figures were among the conclusions reached in a 16-page research report into the impact of McCarthy’s recommendations on Ballyfermot. “This could be used as a snapshot of disadvantaged communities around the country who will be affected in much the same way,” said Billy Mangan, co-ordinator of Markiewicz Centre CDP.

disadvantaged communities. The winding up of the Job Initiative schemes, which the Bord Snip report called for “as soon as possible” would put 1,400 community workers out of jobs. “With these cuts we are facing the possible destruction of years of effort, campaigning and struggle to build our communities,” said Joe.

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