Disappointing budget for public services and those in need – Ó Muilleoir
“Commenting on today's budget:
This is a disappointing budget which doesn’t provide the resources needed to provide the public services our people need and deserve – seven government departments are having their budgets reduced.
“This budget is tough on householders: As part of their austerity agenda, the Tories are forcing ordinary householders here to shoulder an above inflation rate increase.
“This budget is tough on victims. There is no money here to fund legacy inquests or to start addressing the HIA issue.
“This budget is not good for our economy, for our universities or for the homeless. Just two departments get increases but these are not enough to meet the demand — the health department alone needs a six per cent increase just to stand still. This budget comes nowhere near meeting that need.
“The much-heralded ‘additional’ DUP money is not additional at all but is being used to plug gaps due to continuing cuts to our budgets by the British Government – with, of course, the full agreement of the DUP.”