Marjorie Hawkins, Alliance Party Spokesperson for Children, has welcomed the appointment of a Mininster for Children.
Mrs Hawkins said, “This is something which the Alliance Party have lobbyed for for a long time. We were successful along with others in the appointment of a Commissioner for Children and now we have a Minister for Children. This has been a good week for children what with increases in the Education budget and the retention of the Task Force on Suicides and Self Harm. Perhaps the Minister can look at the plight of Afterschools Clubs facing closure due to lack of funding.
“Now all we need to complete the picture is a Youth Parliament which I hope both the Children’s Commissioner and the Minister for Children will
seriously look at.”