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OFMDFM Committee

The committee for the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) heard evidence on promoting social inclusion and the Victims and Survivors service on 13 January 2010.

Department officials Gerry Mulligan, Patricia Carey and Lindsey Farrell briefed members on the working group report on disability, in relation to promoting social inclusion.

Mr Mulligan said his department would seek an Executive response to the wide-ranging recommendations in the report, which illustrates the disadvantages suffered by people with disabilities in their everyday lives.

Colin Jack, Lisa Jane Kerr and Kellie Service then presented a summary of responses to the consultation paper on the proposed Victims and Survivors service.

Mr Jack said that most of the 29 responses supported the setting up of a Victims and Survivors service.

However, the committee's chairperson Danny Kennedy, and deputy chairperson, Naomi Long, said that the responses clearly indicated that a significant number of the respondents were not clear about what kind of service the department was suggesting through the consultation.

Naomi Long said many victims' support groups were concerned that work established by groups such as the Community Relations Council was being swept away to be replaced by something no-one understood, and which did not demonstrate a sufficient level of accountability.

OFMDFM committee membership

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