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Woe betide Margaret Ritchie’s budget – but enough excuses. It’s time to deliver.

2 March, 2009 - by Fra McCann

Sinn Féin MLA for West Belfast and member of the Social Development Committee, Fra McCann, has called on Margaret Ritchie to actually answer a question at Ministerial Question Time without referring to her budget.

Speaking today Mr McCann said:

"Listening to Ministerial Question Time for the Minister for Social Development today sounded like a broken record.

"Serious questions were raised today, by most political parties, with regards to issues affecting their constituents everyday. These range from people in North Down having no repairs to their homes, warm homes scheme problems, to the failed materialisation of the mortgage rescue fund.

"Margaret Ritchie clearly spelt out that this vital rescue scheme will have no timeframe as she has no funding for it. Many, many people would have been waiting anxiously on this scheme to save their family homes.

"Following each question the response remained the same. Margaret Ritchie blames the Executive for not providing her a large enough budget. This is despite her department handing back to the central pot in excess of £90m over the last six months.

"Every other department has a budget, it performs to the best of its ability and spends money to help people through this economic downturn and improve their lives.

"Margaret Ritchie needs to realise that you can't promise what you can't deliver and give people, including you own constituents, false hope." ENDS

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