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We’re working to minimise the impact of budget reductions – Ní Chuilín

25 September, 2014 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has said work is ongoing to minimise the impact of budget reductions across the DCAL family.

Speaking as Libraries NI began outlining its savings plan to staff, the Minister said: “All service areas across DCAL and its arms length bodies have been affected by the recently announced budget reductions. This is a direct result of the year on year erosion of the Block grant by a Tory led British Government.

“I, along with my officials, am continuing to work closely with all Arms Length Bodies to reduce the impact of these reductions within the DCAL family as far as possible.

“All business areas across my department and Arms Length Bodies have been asked to closely examine their budgets to identify savings of 4.4%.

“In common with all Arms Length Bodies, decisions on how Libraries NI budget reductions are managed is a matter, in the first instance, for the Authority’s Board and Senior Management. I am confident that Libraries NI is doing all it can to minimise the impact of any budget reductions on frontline services.”

“But we have to be realistic, projects and schemes across the DCAL family will be affected. The challenge for everyone moving forward, from myself as Minister through to organisations and practitioners on the ground, is to ensure we get maximum return within the current budget constraints.”

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