Committee Hears Grassroots Concerns on Social Development

Session: 2009/2010

Date: 05 November 2009

Reference: SD 06/09/10

Charities and representative groups from across Northern Ireland got the chance to raise their concerns directly today at an event hosted by the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Committee for Social Development. The event focused on topics such as fuel poverty, suitable accommodation, disability access and benefit payments.

Simon Hamilton, Chairperson of the Committee, explained the reason for the event: “The Social Development Committee has responsibility for a wide range of issues including housing, social security and pensions. With such a considerable legislative workload this year, there are fewer opportunities to hear from groups and individuals affected by these issues.

“The Committee is keen to reach out, hear people’s views and discuss the issues. This event is the third in a series and is extremely useful getting people and the Committee together. Today’s event has been invaluable in informing the work of the Committee. It can also potentially shape the future work programme of the Committee.

He continued: “It is essential that Assembly Committees are open and accessible. Today’s meeting is key example of how the Assembly’s engagement strategy works and is designed to help connect people with politicians and the democratic process.”

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