Murphy allocates funds for Special Educational Needs, Blood Contamination payments and Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry

Date published: 27 January 2020

Finance Minister, Conor Murphy today allocated over £40 million as part of the 2019/20 January monitoring round process. This is the method by which departments can return unspent money for reallocation.

Speaking in the Assembly, Minister Murphy said: “With the end of the financial year fast approaching we have a short window to spend reallocations. I have therefore moved quickly to agree this monitoring round with Executive colleagues.

“I have allocated £10 million for children with Special Education Needs to help address the backlog in assessment and diagnosis, and cover costs such as transport and educational support.

“I have provided £1m for people affected by the contaminated blood scandal to help alleviate the financial hardship experienced by many of those affected.

“I have also awarded £1.1m to help take forward the recommendations of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry.”

Other allocations include:

  • £19 million for the Education Authority to meet existing contractual pay costs for teachers and for other non-teaching staff in 2019-20.
  • 4 million for Further Education Colleges.
  • £2.8 million towards street lighting and winter services such as gritting.
  • £2 million for the Belfast Transport Hub.
  • £1.1 million to the Assembly for the increased costs associated with a fully operational Assembly and Executive.

Notes to editors: 

1. Full details of the allocations can be found at below

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