Benefit Tribunals

Part of Northern Ireland Assembly – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 4:30 pm on 14th February 2012.

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Photo of Joe Byrne Joe Byrne Social Democratic and Labour Party 4:30 pm, 14th February 2012

I thank the Member for giving way. Does the Member agree that the budgetary proposals largely represent a bookkeeping exercise in public finances, as they do not indicate any growth targets or economic development targets for the economy over the next year or two? Lastly, does the Member agree that this region is the most dependent of the entire UK? It is now dependent on public subsidy to the tune of 29·4%.