Finance Ministers from the devolved administrations issue a warning on cuts

Interesting article that caught my eye on Politics Home today was a joint letter issued by the Scottish Finance Secretary, John Swinney, Welsh Finance Minister, Jane Hutt and our own Finance Minister, Arlene Foster, to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Greg Hands about the pace of spending cuts coming from Westminster.

The letter warns that the current pace of cuts are going “too fast and too far” and warn about the dangers to public services.

The three ministers wants meeting within Treasury Officials before the next Spending Review as they complain that;

We also share the view that the UK government’s plans were developed and communicated in an unsatisfactory way, with neither advance notice nor apparent consideration of the implications for the devolved administrations.
Along with the issues making the headlines over the past few weeks, it is a timely reminder that the economic challenges still facing us are real and not going away.

David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs