29/07/2013

New Finance Minister Appointed

Simon Hamilton MLA has been appointed as the new Minister for the Department of Finance and Personnel with effect from today.

Following his appointment Mr Hamilton said: "I am very honoured to be appointed as the Minister of Finance and Personnel and look forward to the role and the important challenges that are ahead of me.

"The portfolio of the Department is not to be underestimated as we work to deliver on a wide range of issues working with other government departments in delivering on the commitments contained in the Programme for Government."

Speaking about the wide range of issues facing the Department the Minister said: "As we continue to rebalance and rebuild Northern Ireland's economy there are significant issues we need to deliver on including the budgetary challenges presented to us by Treasury. I have no doubt that there will be continued financial pressures with competing departmental priorities when hard decisions will have to be made.

"Welfare Reform, rating issues, devolution of Corporation Tax will continue to be high on the agenda as well improving online access to government services by the citizen and continuing to tackle sick absence levels across the whole of the Northern Ireland Civil Service."

(CD/JP)

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