In the wake of the collapse of talks, Gerry Carroll MLA has called for measures to be taken to ensure that no job losses are incurred due to the absence of a budget;
“It is not acceptable that workers in the community, voluntary and youth sectors are facing cutbacks and job losses due to failure of the parties to agree a budget.”
“Whatever the rationale for collapsing the institution, it was irresponsible of the executive parties to do so without any kind of safeguards in place for those facing the imminent loss of funding.”
“We know that workers in the community, voluntary and youth sector provide essential work, and these needless cuts will have a negative impact across our community.
“Centres like Glór na Móna, Holy Trinity Youth centre amongst others are losing funding. Some will be forced to shut down with workers consigned to unemployment. Service providers are going from one year to the next not knowing whether funding will be there. Now they have no idea what the future holds.”
“PBP is calling for immediate measures to protect the funding of these orgnisations. We are seeking an emergency meeting with David Sterling, the Permanent Secretary of Finance, to discuss this. There is no mandate for anyone, whether elected or not, to cut jobs.
“All current projects in receipt of funds should continue to receive this for the foreseeable future, or until an Executive is formed that can enact it.