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Why has our heartless Council robbed these children of Christmas?

HEARTBROKEN children have begged Antrim and Newtownabbey Council not to ‘cancel Christmas’ in Crumlin this year.

Their pleas come after it emerged that Crumlin is the only one of the Borough’s five towns, which has been refused money from the Council’s festive funding pot.

Just last week, campaigners hand delivered letters and drawings from the children to Antrim Civic Centre, pleading with Council top brass to reconsider what they are calling a ‘blatant act of discrimination’.

After the documents were delivered, a Council spokesperson confirmed that they had been asked to review the decision on the ‘basis of inequality’.

The rep said that since the Christmas Events Programme was approved almost a year ago, the ‘necessary level of support’ had not been gained to consider the town’s inclusion.

They also argued that their equality screening concluded that there was ‘no adverse differential impact in relation to any section 75 category across the 18 locations which previously had Christmas trees and events provided by the Council’.

However, campaigners have insisted that this screening is ‘nothing but a box ticking exercise’.

*Full coverage in this week’s Antrim Guardian

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