David Mowat supports the Foundation’s work during House of Commons debate
October 16, 2013 | Nick Taylor
Wednesday 16th October 2013 11:30 – 12:00
Today in the House of Commons, David Mowat MP asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland the following question: (Question One) What assessment her Department has made of the role of the voluntary sector in dealing with the legacy of the past?
Seventeen percent of those who died as a result of the Troubles were from England, Scotland and Wales with over 2000 injured and many more affected. The devolved legislature to the Northern Ireland Assembly, means that voluntary sector organisations like the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace are unable to access any Government or designated European Union PEACE III funding to support their work in England, Scotland and Wales.
We have asked if the Secretary of State will look urgently at this situation to ensure such work is sustained to deal with the legacy of the past and ensure that all people affected by the Troubles are able to access support?
David asked this question as part of the debate:
EXTRACT (11:35 16/10/13)
Speaker: Mr David Mowat.
David Mowat: Question number one.
Theresa Villiers: The voluntary sector plays an important role in supporting those who’s lives have been affected by the legacy of Northern Ireland’s past. I pay tribute to organisations like WAVE and the Warrington Peace Centre who do such valuable work.
Speaker: David Mowat.
David Mowat: I thank the Secretary of State for that answer. She will be aware that nearly 20% of the victims of the ‘Troubles’ reside in the UK mainland whereas the funding is restricted largely to the island of Ireland itself. For example, the Peace Centre, based in Warrington have no access to either EU Peace III funding or UK funding. Are there any plans to review the criteria by which this works?
Theresa Villiers: I am grateful to my Honourable Friend for the question. I very much enjoyed my visit to the Warrington Peace Centre. They do a fantastic job there. I have heard directly from them their concerns at their inability to access the funding that supports victims in Northern Ireland. I know this is a concern for them but it really is a matter for the Northern Ireland Executive as to whether they open up those funds to any organisation in GB and outside Northern Ireland. But I do welcome the work the Warrington Peace Centre do do for the UK Government in relation to the Home Office’s PREVENT scheme to counter radicalisation.