“This immediate pressure relates to the in-year budget position. Every day that the Executive delays critical financial decisions, we reduce the timeframe in which decisions can be implemented. This in effect adds another £1million to the cuts that will need to be made this year. Every day the choices become fewer. Every day, the inevitable impact on the public becomes worse. It is time for Ministers to face up to their responsibilities, to do the job they were elected to do, and to stop playing games with Northern Ireland’s financial future.
“At the Executive meeting we repeated our call for Ministers to sit down and hammer out a way forward. We suggested that we meet on Thursday evening, or that we clear our diaries and meet on Friday. But our proposal was refused.”