Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Community Warden Scheme Must Be Retained-O'Leary

Community Warden Scheme Must Be Retained-O'Leary

Sinn Féin councillor Chris O’Leary has said money which is currently earmarked for councillors’ conference fees could be used to save the community warden scheme.

Cllr O’Leary said:

“As things stand, the community warden scheme will come to an end in August when the current government funding runs out. Five jobs will be lost and a valuable service taken away from communities.”

“Once funding for the wardens runs out, the recruitment embargo in the public sector means they cannot be re-employed, even if money to continue the scheme subsequently becomes available. The council should do everything, therefore, the keep the scheme going for as long as possible.”

“One source of funds which could be used to continue the scheme is the money currently earmarked for conference fees. Where councillors do not choose to draw this money down, it should be possible to re-allocate it to the community warden scheme.”

For further information or comment contact Cllr Chris O’Leary @ 087-2794307

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