DFI: Temporary Promotions

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:00 pm on 26th April 2021.

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Photo of Nichola Mallon Nichola Mallon Social Democratic and Labour Party 3:00 pm, 26th April 2021

I thank the Member for his question. He is right to make the point about the capital budget. We can do a lot with that budget in this financial year, but, of course, it requires an accompanying resource budget. The resource budget allocation is a real-time cut when you consider inflation. The truth is that it will be challenging, but I assure the Member that the matter is very much on my radar. I have been meeting my permanent secretary and senior officials in order to ensure that we have measures in place to allow us maximise our capacity and to deliver on schemes right across Northern Ireland, given the capital investment that we have at our disposal this financial year.