Friday, 7 January 2011


Part of the means of achieving savings in the NI budget is a review of the operation and existence of arms length bodies in Northern Ireland.  A review of how this will be achieved is to be pursued but this has led to criticism from some that cuts should happen at once.  However, the Coalition government's plans provide a relevant lesson for those who demand immediacy:

"Bernard Jenkin, the Conservative chairman of the committee, told the Guardian: "The whole process was rushed and poorly handled and should have been thought through a lot more. This was a fantastic opportunity to help build the big society and save money at the same time, but it has been botched.  I suspect that in the short term the reorganisation will now cost more than it will save. This was put together on the hoof and can be much improved for future reviews."

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