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Waste management cuts latest example of cost of British Direct Rule - Sinn Féin

26 January, 2006

Sinn Féin MLA for North Antrim Philip McGuigan has today said that successive British Direct Rule decisions were 'placing a further burden on local ratepayers'.

Mr McGuigan made his comments before attending a NILGA organised protest at Stormont to highlight the British Government decision to withdraw funding for the waste management infrastructure. Local Councils will now have to foot the bill which in turn will lead to a further rates hike for citizens.

Speaking before today's protest Mr McGuigan said:

"Today's protest is not the first, nor is it likely to be last against the on-the-hoof decisions made by British Direct Rule Ministers. The British Government decision to withdraw funding for waste management infrastructure and to burden rate payers with the bill is unacceptable. People will be incensed that this comes on the back of a 19% regional
rate. In recent times the British Government has also signalled its intention to impose the water rates.

"We also have to question Britain's commitment to the issue of waste management in the six counties. The withdrawal of funding is a clear signal that they are not prepared to invest or play their part in addressing the key issue of waste management.

"It is important that we keep British Direct Rule decisions in the public spotlight. The current form of government is neither acceptable nor wanted by the people. It is unsustainable, we see continued under-investment and under-funding of services by the British Government." ENDS

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