Community Development: Young People

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 8th December 2014.

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Photo of William McCrea William McCrea Shadow Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow DUP Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assistance her Department is giving to tackle feelings of isolation among working class Protestant youth.

Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

The Government takes this issue seriously though measures to deal with it are primarily for the Northern Ireland Executive.

I am aware that one of the aims of the Northern Ireland Executive’s United Community strategy is to meet the needs of young people, including those from a Protestant working class background.

Through the Economic Pact agreed in June 2013, this Government provided additional borrowing powers to support projects which promote a shared society, including schools and further education colleges, which will contribute towards meeting the needs of young people from a range of backgrounds including the group referred to in the hon Member’s question.

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