Magazine article Public Finance

Nipsa Tells Hain to Leave NI Public Sector Alone

Magazine article Public Finance

Nipsa Tells Hain to Leave NI Public Sector Alone

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Northern Ireland secretary Peter Hain has been criticised by the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance for calling for a reduction in the size of the province's public sector.

Nipsa general secretary John Corey said: 'There is no doubt there are massive problems with the public sector in Northern Ireland. However, we most strongly refute the analysis that cutting public services or transferring functions from the public sector to the private sector is the remedy.'

Last week, Main called for radical change to the Northern Ireland public sector. In his first major speech since his appointment, he said that spending should be directed more towards education, skills training, child care and the promotion of innovation, rather than 'public sector bureaucracy' and 'subsidising economic inactivity'. …

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