The NI Executive wants to give everyone the opportunity to comment and give their views on the draft Budget 2011-15.
The draft Budget which sets out the Northern Ireland Executive’s proposed spending plans for the next four years was announced in the Assembly on 15 December 2010.
These plans are in draft to allow public consultation. Once public consultation has been completed, and the views taken on board, a set of revised plans will be published as the Northern Ireland Budget outcome.
The Draft Budget has been released for public consultation for a period of 8 weeks. The deadline for responses to the consultation which was 9 February has now been extended to 16 February 2011.
The main document only shows proposed allocations at a departmental level, each government department will also publish a more detailed breakdown of proposed expenditure. The departmental spending plans will be accompanied by savings delivery plans providing more information on how each department will work within their allocated budgets and should include details of any implications for frontline services. Each department will then conduct its own consultation process to run concurrently with this overall budget consultation.
Although it is difficult to comment in detail on such a high level spending plan, it is none the less important that we speak up now for older people’s rights and remind the government of the impact that budget cuts may have on older people.
With great change comes great opportunity, and nowhere is this more evident than in the untapped potential of older people. Putting ageing at the heart of this budget can deliver long term sustainable change by removing the barriers that prevent older people from enjoying and contributing to life in Northern Ireland. Our ageing population has the potential to be a positive driver for the continued recovery of the NI economy by providing informal care, volunteering and much needed services to communities across NI by remaining in the labour market for longer.
Age NI has drafted a sample letter highlighting the value of an active and engaged older population along with relevant statistics and evidence which older people’s groups or individuals can use to respond to the budget consultation.
Simply download the sample letter (see link below) and change the details to suit your group. You can use it as it is or you can use it as a starting point to help you write your own response. Sample Budget Response Letter
Follow the link below to the NI Direct website and follow the instructions there for submitting your response.
Draft Budget Document on NI Direct website
If you do take action, please let us know!
“Opportunities for Ageing”, Age NI’s Briefing Paper issued ahead of the Spending Review Age NI Briefing - Opportunities for Ageing - Autumn Spending Review
“The Northern Ireland Draft Budget 2011-15”, Age NI Briefing Paper Age NI Briefing - NI Draft Budget 2011-15
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