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Little wonder that a charity which has introduced an innovative scheme to help these people wants a 5% cut in its budget reversed

Little wonder that a charity which has introduced an innovative scheme to help these people wants a 5% cut in its budget reversed

Alex Dodd

Little wonder that a charity which has introduced an innovative scheme to help these people wants a 5% cut in its budget reversed

There is no doubt that Northern Ireland is in the grip of a serious drink and drugs addiction problem. The evidence is there in the number of people made homeless by their problems or who succumb to their lifestyle.

Little wonder that a charity which has introduced an innovative scheme to help these people wants a 5% cut in its budget reversed.

Depaul runs nine facilities in Northern Ireland and says it has difficulty recruiting and retaining staff because of the funding cut, which is also impacting on the services it provides. It makes a compelling case and relatively little money could achieve what is priceless - saving lives.

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