Kelly: Budget further evidence of DUP/SF poor government
Mrs Kelly said: “The SDLP welcome that the Executive have finally come to some agreement on the June monitoring round, one month on. Agreement has provided welcome clarity on issues such as continued funding for the historical abuse inquiry.
“However this is not how the SDLP would have undertaken budget management.We are disappointed that the DUP/Sinn Féin deadlock has prevented resolution for so long. This another example of bad government from the DUP and Sinn Féin who are responsible for some very poor decision making. We will be facing another monitoring round in a couple of months. It seems evident that some form of Executive summit to manage the rest of the financial year is now required.
“This cobbled together deal that is already falling apart. It has failed to allow scrutiny by the Assembly Committees who should have been given the opportunity to examine the detail. I fully anticipate the Finance Minister will continue to criticise the SDLP for standing up for hard working struggling families by refusing to accept Tory Welfare Reform cuts.
“But that criticism is hollow given he has been forced to criticise his own Party colleague, Health Minister Edwin Poots, in the document, stating: “Again, the budget management displayed by DHSSPS was extremely disappointing. “The SDLP has been consistent in challenging the budget in a constructive and meaningful way and the Minister must realise we will not give up fighting for the needs of the hard working struggling families across Northern Ireland.”