Saturday, 28 November 2009
The following is the answer I gave in the Assembly on Tuesday 24 November to a question about the Ulster-Scots Agency.
During my time as Minister and before, many individuals and groups within the Ulster-Scots community have expressed concerns to me about the internal and external operation of the Ulster-Scots Agency. Concerns have also been raised by the Northern Ireland Audit Office and I share those concerns.
The agency is a body that uses public funds and I want that money to be used in an efficient and effective way. It is essential that the Ulster-Scots Agency uses the resources allocated to it effectively and for the benefit of the community. It must also deliver value for money, because that is what is best for the community that it serves.
It is clear that there are issues regarding the strategic direction of the agency and issues around its governance and administrative processes. I am aware of the issues and I will be taking steps to try to address them.
I am determined to ensure that the Ulster-Scots Agency is fit for purpose and provides value for money. That is good for the community that the agency serves and that view is shared by Minister O Cuiv in relation to both the Ulster-Scots Agency and Foras na Gaeilge.
Posted by Nelson McCausland MLA at 19:49