Will Frontline Services Be Cut Under The Comprehensive Spending Review?

How does the Assembly plan to implement the CSR (Comprehensive Spending Review) proposals without having a detrimental effect on frontline service delivery?

Mickey Brady from Sinn Fein began by saying that he felt many front line services will be affected.

SDLP’s Declan O’Loan stated that while there is a general feeling that public services are going to the dogs, this is not the case. He felt that shirking difficult decisions in the past and taking the easy way out is the reason that Northern Ireland hasn’t seen an improvement in service.

DUP’s Simon Hamilton agreed with Declan O’Loan’s comment about the state of local public services, saying that the services here are the highest standard you could find. Mr Hamilton argued that the challenge for Northern Ireland is to ensure that there are infinite demands on limited resources. He also argued that efficiencies are not cuts.

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