Discriminatory Funding of PUL areas to be first casualty of Power-sharing Executive?

The SDLP are considering taking legal action over government schemes which specifically rule out catholic areas for funding. The Arts Council awards scheme and Belfast Education and Library Board schemes highlighted restrict funding to Protestant areas exclusively.
Interestingly, the controversial Renewing Communities fund- launched last year by the British government and under which both awards schemes mentioned were initiated- will shortly fall within the Executive remit of Margaret Ritchie, the SDLP’s solitary Minister.

Sinn Fein has also expressed concerns about the failure of the Department of Social Development to equality proof some funding decisions for PUL areas, particularly the decision to give £98,000 to one project in West Belfast which was heavily crticised by the Audit Office.

This follows from the DSD decision to further fund the Community Convention Development Company.

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