NCCWN Funding Must Be Ring-Fenced

9 October 2014

Labour Women is calling on the government to ring-fence funding for the National Collective of Community Based Women's Networks in Budget 2015.

Sinead Ahern, Chair of Labour Women said, "The National Collective of Community Based Women's Networks (NCCWN) is an organisation that works with women from the most disadvantaged communities in Ireland through its 17 local projects.  Volunteer managed and led, the organisation directly employs 44 people and is responsible for the indirect employment of approximately 200 people. The NCCWN delivers enormous value for money, its current annual budget is €1.345 million and in 2013 alone, over 35,000 women from the most marginalised backgrounds in Ireland engaged with the services of the NCCWN.

"Since January 2011, the NCCWN has been funded at a national level under the Local Community Development Programme (LCDP). However the LCDP is due to cease at the end of this year and will be replaced in 2015 by the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP). The tendering process under SICAP, however restricts national organisations from applying as tenders can only be submitted on a county by county basis, thus excluding the NCCWN from this process. On top of this, disadvantaged women are not a named target group for SICAP, and therefore there is no need for local partners to include NCCWN projects in their work.

"If funding for the NCCWN is not maintained, there is a serious risk that the vital work of the NCCWN will be lost and that women from the most disadvantaged communities in our country will suffer as a consequence. We are calling on the government to ensure that the NCCWN's funding of €1.345 million is ring-fenced in Budget 2015. The important and vital work of this organisation must be able to continue as it supports the most disadvantaged women from across our communities. We are also asking that the funding situation relating to the NCCWN and SICAP is reviewed and that an alternative funding stream will be made available to continue this valuable work."

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