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Increased support will aid effective decision making – Hargey

23 January, 2015

Sinn Féin Councillor Deirdre Hargey today said that increased support for Belfast city councillors will lead to quicker and effective decision making in council.

Deirdre Hargey was commenting on a council proposal to provide support services for the council’s elected representatives. 

Deirdre Hargey said:

"We are entering into new arrangements on Belfast City Council following the biggest shake-up of local government for 40 years. 

"This will mean additional powers for councillors, including planning with hundreds of applications expected each month. 

"People want to see leadership and consensus politics from their councillors. 

"If we can provide support for councillors it will lead to quicker and effective decision making from council. 

"The suggested amount of £175,000 represents 0.12 per cent of the council's budget. It would come at no extra cost to the ratepayers. 

"We have been driving a programme which has delivered £20 million in efficiency savings. 

"Over the last four years we have operated a £150 million investment programme, which has brought huge benefits to the city.

“Sinn Féin remains open to further discussions on how the council proposes to rolls out this option.”

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