Social Investment Fund

Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:00 pm on 12th May 2014.

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Photo of Jennifer McCann Jennifer McCann Sinn Féin 2:00 pm, 12th May 2014

The Member will be aware that, when members of the initial steering groups were being selected, we were very mindful to consider geographical representation.  Obviously, these groups are right across the North, and they have to be a manageable size, so it was not always possible to ensure a spread of representation across individual zones.  I know that appointed steering group members and their supporting consultants work very closely with each of the zones and with different organisations and groups in those zones to identify projects in the planning process.  I can assure the Member that, when areas in a zone demonstrate evidence of objective need, they have been included in the plan.  If someone in a certain area is not sitting in that zone, that does not mean to say that they do not have input into those groups and into taking forward those plans.