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Frontline services protected in budget agreement- Boyle

Published: 5 November, 2014

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has praised the work of her colleagues in the Executive after the 2015/16 budget was agreed.

Speaking this week the local MLA said the Executive had faced very difficult decisions because of ruthless Tory cuts year on year to the block grant.

Ms Boyle said,

"Clearly the Executive has faced very difficult decisions as a result of the ruthless year-on-year reduction to the block grant.

"The Tory cuts to public services are an ideologically driven assault on the welfare state and are at the heart of the current financial crisis the Executive is facing.

"Despite this reduced funding, Sinn Féin has worked to reach agreement on a budget for 2015/16 which defends core public services, particularly health and education, and protects the most vulnerable in our society against savage Tory cuts.

"Our executive team have also worked to lessen the impact of the cuts on departments which faced disproportionate reductions."