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SF respond to DUP Economic Proposals

1 November, 2010

Commenting after the DUP launched a series of economic proposals this morning, Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Economy Mitchel McLaughlin said:

“When Sinn Féin published our proposals a number of weeks ago we called for other parties to put their ideas on the table and sit down as an Executive and plot a way forward.

“It is welcome that the DUP have now published their proposals and I am sure the other parties will soon follow suit.

“As an initial observation on the DUP proposals I would welcome the commitment to continue to oppose Water Charges however we would have reservations about the proposal to freeze civil servants pay for those over £21,000 a year. In our view it is those at the very top of the civil service pay scale who need to be made to contribute more, not those on low grades.

“I look forward to meeting with the DUP and the other parties as well as the Trade Unions and other stake holders as we begin the dual process of resisting the Tory attack on public services while at the same time raising revenue to protect the vulnerable and continue to invest in our economy.” ENDS

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