O’Dowd expresses concern in regards to the influence of rising vitality prices and the continued lack of an agreed Finances

Infrastructure Minister John O’Dowd has expressed critical concern in regards to the influence of rising vitality prices on the providers being supplied by his Division and its supply organisations.

Minister for Infrastructure,  John O’Dowd

Minister O’Dowd stated:  

“The Division for Infrastructure and our arms-length our bodies ship important public providers throughout the north.  The continued lack of an Govt agreed multi-year finances and the absence of further sources from London for pay and vitality prices presents actual challenges for the Division and for the planning and supply of public providers.  This contains the supply of water and waste water therapy, public transport, and the upkeep and administration of the roads and rivers property that preserve individuals secure.

“The Division is going through unprecedented useful resource pressures of over £180m in 2022-23 because of the rise in vitality costs and inflation which stay extraordinarily risky.  This at present contains some £70m of vitality pressures of which £50m pertains to NI Water.

“The mixture of those finances pressures and the Price of Residing Disaster is presenting an especially critical scenario which, if not addressed, will end in very tough selections having to be taken together with additional cuts to providers which are already working in a constrained atmosphere.  The dearth of a functioning Govt additionally means the powerful political selections which are wanted, to develop extra sustainable public providers for the long run, will not be potential.  Whereas I’ll proceed to work to ship on behalf of the general public, I additionally have to be straight about my Division’s means to operate successfully in these circumstances exterior the conventional finances course of.”

Notes to editors: 

  1. All media queries must be directed to the Division for Infrastructure Press Workplace at: press.workplace@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk
  2. The Govt Info Service operates an out of hours service for media enquiries solely between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The obligation press officer may be contacted on 028 9037 8110.
  3. Comply with the Division on Twitter @deptinfra and on Fb @DepartmentforInfrastructure


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