The NI Executive’s privatisation policies have boosted Capita’s profits. In 2009, Minister for Education, Caitriona Ruane, outsourced the teachers’ pensions payroll and administration service to Capita at a cost of £2.5 million. The result has seen the loss of hundreds of jobs. The Executive should immediately terminate all public sector contracts with Capita and bring all these services back into the public sector to create jobs.
The proposal to close fifteen libraries in the Belfast area has been met with strong opposition. Hazel Gilliland, who has been campaigning against the closures in Ballymacarrett told the The Socialist that, "the proposals would have a devastating effect. There are no facilities left in the community. Children will grow up without local access to books and the elderly will lose an important place to relax and enjoy a good book."
Minister for Health Edwin Poots and his partners in the Assembly Executive have received a “warning that if the Executive proceeds to make further cuts to health services, a mighty opposition will be ready in every community affected.”
Plans to close 15 libraries across Belfast – a massive 45% cut in library provision - have been announced by the NI Library Authority. East Belfast will be particularly hit hard with libraries at Ballyhackamore, Tullycarnet, Braniel, Woodstock, Ballymacarrett and Gilnahirk facing closure.