Belfast Telegraph

Alliance concern at ministers' £80m fund

By Staff Reporter

Alliance has expressed its concern at the “lack of transparency” in an £80m grants fund announced by the First and deputy First Ministers.

The Social Investment Fund is intended to tackle areas blighted by dereliction and poor community services.

Nine social investment zones have been set up by the Executive to administer the grants over three years. The money will start to be invested later this year.

Four of the nine zones are in Belfast, one in Londonderry and four others will be aligned to health trusts.

Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle said he was concerned at the lack of details in the plans.

“I welcome any proposals that will help us tackle deprivation, unemployment and social issues,” he said, but warned: “From the information just released, there is very little detail as to how the groups for the nine areas will be run.”

It is understood DUP and Sinn Fein ministers approved the decision, but representatives of other Stormont parties registered their dissent.

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