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19/10/2021

Council to avail of Job Support Scheme

Furloughed workers to be placed on new scheme

Sandra Duffy

Sinn Fein Councillor Sandra Duffy.

Derry City and Strabane District Council will be able to avail of the Job Support Scheme to help protect jobs. 

It follows confirmation from Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín.

The news has been welcomed by Sinn Fein group leader on the local authority, Councillor Sandra Duffy.

She said: "I welcome that Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has confirmed that local councils will be able to avail of the Job Support Scheme to help protect the jobs of council workers. 

"Many council workers and their families will have been anxious over the uncertainty about whether they could access this scheme so hopefully this will go some way to allay those concerns. 

"This will mean that workers who had been on the Furlough scheme will now be able to avail of the Job Support Scheme. 

"Council workers continue to perform essential roles during this pandemic and should be supported. 

"The additional £15 million given to local councils by Finance Minister Conor Murphy will also help support councils at this difficult time."

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