The proposals mostly either don’t make sense or look a bit familiar though….
1. Expensive North-South Bodies costing £100m per annum must go. This will yield Half a Billion Pounds in savings over the next five years, a massive contribution.
Getting rid of them won’t save all their costs, in a lot of cases it would mean that seperate bodies would have to be set up in both juristictions to carry out their functions. Certainly there are potential savings though, so it’s a fair suggestion on Vance’s part, nothing like £100m though.
2. Northern Ireland’s Quangos cannot be afforded any longer and it is time that they too were thrown on the financial bonfire. This will save further millions, as will curbing squander on overuse of consultants.
The curbing of the use of consultants is already underway.
3. TUV would seek to provide a shield to people in low paid jobs by insisting that a pay ceiling of £100,000 must be accepted by Management before any jobs cuts are even considered.
Is this in the private sector? If so how is the state going to intervene in the activities of private companies? It’s certainly not within the remit of the Assembly to implement such a policy. If it is the private sector it’s a bit rich Jim criticising SF for being Marxists earlier this week.
If this is the public sector Sinn Fein proposed something similar last week. They were in favour of a pay freeze for civil servants paying the top rate of income tax.
4. All abuse of Welfare, including DLA, needs to be scrutinised as a priority and offenders weeded out.
Re-assessing those on DLA is a coalition government policy
5. Bloated costs of Government here need to end. Cutting 108 MLA’s down to 60, reducing their expenses and their generous allowances would also make a meaningful contribution.
Robinson says he wants to reduce it to 75 MLA’s, so the TUV thinks of a different number? 60 MLA’s works out at 4 MLA’s per constituency over 15 constituencies, Robinson’s proposing 5 per constituency over 15 constituencies.