Sinn Féin comment on Departmental Spending Plans
Commenting on the publication of the Departmental Spending Plans, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Finance Mitchel McLaughlin said it was now vital that the Executive Budget Review Group meet in the coming days, to discuss the allocation of additional revenue outlined in the Budget paper.
Mr McLaughlin said:
“The Tory administration in London imposed savage cuts on the north in the spending review. If these cuts had been allowed to proceed unchecked, as some had proposed, then the effect on public services and on the most vulnerable would have been significant.
“All of the Executive departments have now published their spending plans. It is clear from them that there are still significant difficulties and pressures across all departments. The draft budget agreed before Christmas demonstrated that an additional £1.6bn of additional revenue, above the spending review settlement was raised by the executive. In that draft plan around £800m of this additional money was allocated.
“It is now important that the Executive Budget Review Group meets in the coming days to start allocating the additional revenue available. A number of proposals included in the Budget paper need realized and work must begin immediately on these. It is important that when the budget passes through the consultation process and is improved that the final package going to the Assembly is complete and all revenue is allocated.” CRÍOCH