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Efficiency savings should not equate to 'cuts'-Mitchel McLaughlin MLA

8 July, 2008

Sinn Féin Economy Spokesperson, Mitchel McLaughlin MLA (South Antrim) has questioned the use by Ministers of the efficiency savings requirement as a pretence to introduce staff reductions and service cuts.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"While I recognise the need for efficiency savings in Departmental spending regimes I do not believe that Ministers should be using this requirement to camaflage cuts in services as Michael McGimpsey has done today in announcing reductions in Ambulance cover and which Margaret Ritchie did recently in announcing redundancies in the Housing Executive under the guise of efficiency savings.

"Efficiency savings should be about maintaining the optimum level of front line services while simultaneously reducing waste and duplication thereby ensuring value for money. Meeting of the efficiency targets through reduction in services and staff redundancies - whether voluntary or otherwise - is the easy option which will in the long-term lead only to less efficient delivery."


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