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MHK hopes for funding reform

Ramsey MHK Lawrie Hooper

Lawrie Hooper advocates zero-based budgeting

An MHK has expressed his hopes for departmental funding reform in tomorrow's budget.

Ramsey member Lawrie Hooper claims the current system - where all departments are allocated an annual budget based on their previous expenditure - encourages a wasteful attitude to finances.

He's advocating a transition to zero-based or priority budgeting, in order to avoid so-called 'silo' thinking by ministers.

Mr Hooper says attitudes need to change:

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