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DUP blocking of RPA will directly impact Tory frontline services cuts - Maskey

24 June, 2010 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey MLA has said that a DUP decision to block local government reform, and with it up to £400m of savings, will directly impact on efforts to protect frontline services from the proposed Tory cuts.

Speaking today Mr Maskey said:

“In recent days there have been a series of media reports about the waste of public resources within local government in the six counties. This has ranged from allegations of fraud to unnecessary spending and duplication.

“None of this is acceptable, particularly in view of the savage cuts in public spending being proposed by the British government.

“The DUP who argue to maintain the status quo are ignoring the reality of local government as it currently stands. There are too many councils. There are too many councillors. There is far too much waste and unnecessary spending.

“Yet last week when faced with a choice to tackle this issue to potentially save over £400m the DUP put internal party politics and a desire to protect large numbers of unnecessary councillors before the need to streamline and to divert money into frontline public services.

“Edwin Poots needs to explain why protecting DUP councillors and their expenses came before protecting vital health and education services. Make no mistake about it the DUP position will directly impact on efforts to protect frontline services from the worst excesses of the Tory cuts.” ENDS

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