Earlier this year the Coalition introduced cuts within this financial year. The devolved regions were given the options of implementing or delaying them to the next financial year. Each region chose a different path. One chose to make the cuts within this year. One chose to spread it over this and the next financial year. One chose to delay the cuts until next year. The region that chose to cut within this financial year is on course to deliver them. It was Northern Ireland that successfully implemented the cuts this year despite the difficulties of the system.