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Minister having negative impact on local government reform

8 May, 2012 - by Cathal Boylan

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan said Minister of the Environment Alex Attwood is clearly failing to support councils within the local government reform process announced under the Review of Public Administration.

A member of the Environment Committee at the Assembly, the Newry & Armagh MLA said:

“Alex Attwood is failing to address and resolve many of the issues relating to Local Government Reform. He has failed to support local government in bringing forward a business case to seek financial assistance from the Executive.

“The recent meeting of the Regional Transition Committee showed that the Minister has created a chasm between himself and the councils. He has failed to grasp the main genuine concerns within the local government sector presently.

“The Minister needs to carefully listen to the views of the councils and the local ratepayers who wish to see a proper resourced partnership model between DOE and the local councils that will successfully deliver RPA.

“So far all Alex Attwood has done is talk about a more re-energised and stronger local government but he has failed to back this up with action.

“Instead of making excuses the Minister needs to be supportive of the councils and should be championing local government reform at this crucial time."

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