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Severe Weather Has Potential to Derail Department of Infrastructure's Savings Target

Department of Infrastructure On Target to Meet Annual Budget, But Inclement Weather Could Throw Them Off Course

Department of Infrastructure Minister Phil Gawne has said despite a major effort to keep within budget there is always the concern that extreme weather could derail their hard work.

Through a process called 'natural wastage' Infrastructure have saved hundreds of thousands across the Department by not advertising vacant posts when people leave, instead the work has been passed onto current employers.

Although a chunk of their annual budget is set aside for the possibility it is needed for repair work and damages left by adverse weather, Minister Gawne says  it's very difficult to estimate how expensive the aftermath of things like flooding and heavy snow can end up being.

In the event that the adverse weather doesn't come he said the money will be reallocated to future highway improvement schemes.

The wintry conditions earlier in the year left Infrastructure with a major bill in road repairs.


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