McGuinness comments on Budget
Commenting on a statement this evening from the First Minister Peter Robinson on the need for the Executive to agree a budget, deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said:
“I agree with Peter Robinson that there is a need to agree a budget and that the Executive must work collectively.
“But the budget we agree has to be the right budget, a budget that grows the economy out of recession, which safeguards public services and tackles disadvantage. We cannot be rushed into bringing forward a budget that fails the community, dismantles public services and deepens the economy crisis.
“We have brought forward ideas for recovery; many have been supported by the other parties. We also need clarity on the powers we will have to raise the revenue required to invest in growth and public services. This is an essential element of the budget
“Today we had a meeting with Owen Patterson, in which there was a lack of clarity on the position of the Tory led government with regard to building our economy. We want to work with all parties, We want to provide financial clarity and we want to agree a budget. However it must be the right budget and not a rushed job. It must be a budget which counters the blow inflicted on us by the Tories.” ENDS