Yesterday, in the House of Commons, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced some changes to the United Kingdom (UK) Government’s spending plans based on the latest economic data. What does this mean for Northern Ireland (NI)?
Save Our Spending! What do we need to know about the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland’s 2017-18 budget?
This article examines the Budget Bill put forward today by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (NI) in Westminster. The recent blog article Reclaiming the power of the purse explained the actions which the Secretary
Piecing together a budget is one of the most fundamental activities of government. But in Northern Ireland (NI) there is currently neither a government nor a budget for the next financial year. Fresh elections have just
In the 2011-16 Assembly Mandate, MLAs debated, scrutinised and passed a range of legislation across a number of policy areas – from Mental Capacity to Licensing of Pavement Cafes, from Tobacco Retail to Rural Needs. When
In recent years ‘Preventative Expenditure‘ (PE) has gained a high level of political consensus. There are many definitions, and this imprecision has resulted in departments sometimes claiming that all of their expenditure is preventative. Generally speaking,
How much of what we spend on public services in Northern Ireland is paid for by locally raised tax revenue?
Northern Ireland (NI) receives a sizeable fiscal transfer from the United Kingdom (UK) Government. In other words, considerably more is spent on public services than is raised in revenue. NI therefore relies on taxpayers elsewhere in