Isle of Man News - POSTED Thu 20-02-2014

£500,000 cost of extreme weather events

by Joanne Clague

£500,000 cost of extreme weather events - picture

The snowstorm of March 2013 and this January's tidal surges each cost the government £250,000.

Explaining how his department is facing up to a £5million savings target, Infrastructure Minister David Cretney said the DOI was continuing to absorb the costs of the all-island response to extreme weather events. He said his department was facing significant financial challenges.

Mr Cretney said: 'With this year’s budget, I have accepted responsibility for almost half of all the savings in Government for the coming budget year. Some of these savings will be found by the new shared services for fleet and estate management, which will allow more efficient procurement and service delivery. This is a huge challenge, but one that I am determined to meet while continuing to provide good levels of service to the public and delivering a high quality infrastructure that allows the Island to attract economic development and to secure future growth.'

Mr Cretney said that since he had taken control of the DOI he had overseen a saving of £3million on staff costs, equal to a reduction in 109 full time posts. The DOI is taking responsibility for passenger transport services following the dissolution of the DCCL on April 1 this year. He thanked the staff of the DOI for delivering changes within the department and staff who were involved in emergency responses to local communities during the extreme weather events of the past 12 months.

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