Dáil Éireann - Volume 625 - 10 October, 2006
Written Answers. - Family Support Services.
Mr. Haughey Mr. Haughey
Mr. Haughey asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs if funding for family resource centres under the family and community services resource centre programme will be provided as part of the National Development Plan 2007-2013; when applications are expected to be sought; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31704/06]
Mr. Brennan Mr. Brennan
Mr. Brennan: Under the National Development Plan 2000-2006 there is a commitment to fund 100 Family Resource Centres under the Family & Community Services Resource Centre Programme by the end of the 2006. I can confirm that the Family Support Agency will meet this target.
When the Family Support Agency was established in May 2003, there were 53 Family Resource Centres in receipt of core-funding under the Family and Community Services Resource Centre Programme.
At present there are 94 Centres in receipt of core funding under the Programme and a further 6 groups have approval to join the Programme  and are currently working on business plans with their Regional Support Agencies. These groups will be included in the Programme before the end of 2006. The National Development Plan for 2007-2013 is expected to be published later this year. Its final priorities and its economic and budgetary framework are still under consideration by the Government.
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