Retail NI and HU Respond To Sec State Budget Statement

Retail NI and HU Respond To Sec State Budget Statement

01 November 2017

The representative organisations of two of Northern Irelands largest sectors of industry, Hospitality Ulster and Retail NI, have expressed major disappointment with the Secretary of State’s announcement that no agreement has been found to restore devolution.


The Chief Executives of the two business groups, Glyn Roberts and Colin Neill, in a joint statement said:


“It is beyond disappointment that no agreement has yet been found to restore devolution and that Northern Ireland, for a nearly a year now, has to continue without a Government”


“Our members deserve better than a ‘care and maintenance’ administration with important decisions on business rates, infrastructure and many other areas, not currently being taken by Ministers”


“Political instability is bad for business and our economy as a whole”


“Yet again we repeat our call for the political parties to redouble their efforts to form an Executive and to deal with the huge challenges facing our economy”


“Our preference will always be for devolved and accountable Ministers making the key policy decisions –if that is not possible then we need a Plan B”