Executive must seek additional funding
Sinn Féin Assembly Group leader, John O'Dowd MLA has reaffirmed Sinn Fein's support for the introduction of Free Personal Care for the Elderly and said that any failure to secure additional funds would strengthen the argument in favour of fiscal autonomy.
Responding to comments from Finance Minster Peter Robinson, Mr O'Dowd said:
"All political party's made a commitment in their manifestos to introduce free personal care if they achieved power; we have achieved power it is now time to deliver.
"Sinn Féin voted in favour of the introduction of Free Personal Care for the Elderly because we believe that it should be implemented as soon as possible.
"The Executive has an enormous challenge ahead. Of course there are going to be difficult decisions because of the limited budget and the reality that the British government has created a huge under investment in our public services and infrastructure.
"There is a collective responsibility on the Executive to go back to the British Chancellor and ensure that we get the resources we need to redress this under investment and neglect.
"If the Executive is unable to secure additional funding then it needs to make it clear that the British government has failed and this would support the demand for fiscal autonomy." ENDS