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Draft budget is lazy, says SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie

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The SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie has said the 'lazy and unimaginative' draft budget must be improved before her party can support it.

The SDLP's formal response has warned the plan, meant to save £4bn by the end of 2014-15, could cost 9,000 jobs.

Mrs Ritchie's comments come amid tensions over the proposals, with the UUP also questioning its merits.

Sinn Fein and the DUP are backing the budget and accusing the SDLP and UUP of undermining the executive from within.

The UUP has refused o say whether it will back the budget at the final vote in March, with the party's health minister insisting he needs another £200m to be able to maintain current levels of service.


Source: BBC News

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