Press Release

Committee Welcomes Reinstatement of Arts Funding

Session: 2011/2012

Date: Friday, 17 February 2012

Reference: SD 11/11/12

The Assembly Committee for Social Development has today welcomed the decision to reinstate funding to the Laganside Events Grant Scheme.

Speaking on behalf of the Committee, Chairperson Alex Maskey MLA said: “We are pleased that the Minister has taken steps to reinstate funding through the Laganside Events Grants Scheme.

“Committee Members recognise the important role that the arts sector plays in contributing to town centre regeneration and in enhancing opportunities for greater social inclusion.

“At our meeting next week we intend to hear directly from the Minister and stakeholders on this issue and we hope that this meeting will provide the opportunity for clear dialogue and a more positive way forward.”

Notes to Editors:

The Committee for Social Development membership is:

Alex Maskey MLA (Chairperson)
Mickey Brady MLA (Deputy Chairperson)
Gregory Campbell MLA, MP
Judith Cochrane MLA
Michael Copeland MLA
Sammy Douglas MLA
Mark H Durkan MLA
Alex Easton MLA
Pam Lewis MLA
Fra McCann MLA
David McClarty MLA

The Clerk of the Social Development Committee is:

Dr. Kevin Pelan
Northern Ireland Assembly
Phone: 028 90 521864
Mobile: 07900053929

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