Ahead of this week's meeting of full council People Before Profit has given its backing to workers in the Supporting People Programme.
Derry City and Strabane District councillors have been asked to lend their support to a motion which will read: “That this council recognises the specialist work being carried out by frontline workers through the Supporting People Programme and backs the workers trade union, UNISON in their call for an, independent review into the Supporting People Programme.
“Any such review must have the direct involvement of UNISON, with a specific focus of highlighting the experiences and work completed by frontline workers.”
UNISON Community Branch activists, with the support of others, have undertaken a commitment to bring about change within the Department for Communities and Housing Executive funded, Supporting People Programme.
Workers in the programme provide housing related support services, help people affected by domestic violence, those with addictions, families with child protection concerns, people in need of benefit advice and more.
People Before Profit representative Eamonn McCann said: "People Before Profit encourage broad support for the UNISON Community Branch led rally at the Housing Executive and for the Supporting People Programme motion to Council this Tuesday.
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