Clare T.D and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen has today (Wednesday) welcomed confirmation from the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan TD, that €855,341 in funding is being provided for the Clare Local Development Board under the Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP).
“This funding is part of €47.7 million being allocated to organisations around the country next year under the LCDP, which tackles poverty and social exclusion in disadvantaged communities and is a key tool for the Government in providing supports for the ‘harder to reach’ in the most disadvantaged areas in society.
“The Clare Local Development Company will work with local people through one-to-one interventions in a bid to help them get back to work. Over the last year, the LCDP has helped thousands of people across the country to take part in education and training, and progress into employment.
“This €855,341 in funding should make a considerable difference to the Clare Local Development Company and will allow the group to continue its good work at a local level.
“The LCDP is due to be redesigned next year as part of the Government’s plans to enhance the role of local government in community development. Under the new structures, Local Community Development Committees will be established to manage the LCDP.
“The Clare Local Development Company plays a very important role in supporting the local community by making it easier for people to access education and training, and improving their work readiness. I have no doubt that the group will put this funding to very good use.”