Executive spending plans delay “treating the public with contempt”

According to the BBC report the following Northern Ireland Executive Departments have yet to publish their spending plans.

  • Office of the First and Deputy First Minister
  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Health
  • Regional Development

That’s despite the departmental allocations being agreed on 15th December and an ongoing public consultation on those plans.

The report quotes Alliance Party MLA, Stephen Farry

Stephen Farry of the Alliance Party said the ongoing delay was “treating the public with contempt”.

And from a separate report

A member of the assembly’s finance committee [Independent MLA, Dawn Purvis] said MLAs and the public were being “treated like mushrooms” when it came to the draft budget.

[How so? – Ed] Kept in the dark and fed bullshit. [No change there then – Ed] Indeed.