ALLIANCE Finance Spokesperson Seamus Close MLA has criticised Minister Ian Person’s statement that Northern Ireland will face a budget shortfall if new water charges are not introduced.
Mr Close stated:
“Minister Pearson can’t distinguish between fact and fiction when it comes to disinvestment in water and sewerage services in Northern Ireland.
“His Government, which has been in power since 1997, as well as previous Governments, have totally failed to maintain water and sewerage standards to European levels. He and his Government have been trying to blame to ratepayers of Northern Ireland for this deteriorated situation, by forcing punitive water charges upon us.
“Instead of using money from general taxation to fund an illegal war in Iraq, it would have been a better investment to improve our water supply.”