Posted on Thursday 30 May 2024

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Young Lives vs Cancer responds to Northern Ireland Assembly budget

The Northern Ireland Assembly approved its budget for 2024/25 on Tuesday 28th May. The budget sets out the funding which has been allocated to each government department to deliver their activities.

In response to the budget, Helen Gravestock, Director of Policy, Communications and Voice at Young Lives vs Cancer said: “It’s positive to see the Northern Ireland Assembly budget approved, and that importantly, spending on health has remained a high priority, receiving the largest proportion of funding.

“Young Lives vs Cancer looks forward to continuing to work with the Department of Health and colleagues across the Assembly to ensure that children and young people with cancer receive the right support at the right time. We hope the approval of the budget helps us to work together to deliver on issues and priorities that are important to young cancer patients and their families.

“We also hope that this is a step towards key strategies, such as the Cancer Strategy for Northern Ireland, receiving long-term funding to ensure they can deliver on priorities for patients, including children and young people with cancer.

“We continue to call on the Assembly to deliver the changes children and young people with cancer need to see, including support for travel costs through a dedicated Travel Fund, and are ready and willing to work with Assembly colleagues to make this change happen.”

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