Federation responds to Secretary of State statement

Commenting after the Secretary of State’s statement on the current political talks, Construction Employers Federation Managing Director John Armstrong said...

“The announcement that a 2017/18 Northern Ireland Budget Bill will be introduced in Parliament immediately after next week’s recess is to be welcomed.

“This will, some seven months into the financial year, give the Northern Ireland Civil Service the certainty they need to ensure that the day to day functions of government are carried out.

“However, as both the UK and Irish Governments have today said, it is immensely frustrating that this routine function of any other government within these islands is not being conducted by a Northern Ireland Executive. Further, as we have already been clear about this week, today’s statement does nothing to plan for the future nor deal with major infrastructure funding challenges around the Executive’s flagship schemes, the lack of political authority to progress projects through their various approval stages nor the need to plan capital spending over a multi-year cycle where the all too familiar cliff edges for construction firms would be avoided.”