Tuesday 26 May 2020
Green Party MLA Rachel Woods has called for more transparency around departmental spending during a number of Budget debates in the Assembly today.
The North Down MLA said: “I recognise the efforts of the Executive in the face of this unprecedented pandemic.
“The situation reduces the ability of MLAs to scrutinise Ministerial decisions and departmental spending.
“Departments need funds to respond with timely interventions during this crisis, but we also need scrutiny as a vital part of the democratic process.
“The economic impact of this pandemic is being felt and will continue to be felt for years to come. Economic recession looms large and we still are without a recovery plan.
“However, there is an opportunity to build back better through a just transition to a low carbon economy and a Green New Deal.
“Dealing with Climate Breakdown and our biodiversity crisis is not separate from economic issues, they are two sides of the same coin.
“We need a clear, long-term strategy on dealing with the climate emergency. Not further reactionary policies, or sticking plasters. Real action to restore our health, wellbeing and happiness.”
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