Ó Muilleoir: Resourcing of public services will continue

Date published: 12 January 2017

Finance Minister, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said: “As Finance Minister, I will remain in office until an election. I am meeting daily with officials to take stock and minimise disruption during this political impasse. I can assure the public that resourcing of public services will continue despite the crisis.

Finance Minister, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir pictured making a speech

“Indeed, the 1998 NI Act sets out clear processes which are  ‘safety nets’  to ensure public services will continue to be funded.

"Under the NI Act 1998 (Section 59) if a budget is not agreed at least three working days before the end of the financial year (29 March 2017), the Permanent Secretary of the Finance Department may effectively set departmental allocations at 75% of the previous year’s allocation. If a budget is not agreed by the end of July, the Permanent Secretary can effectively set allocations of up to 95% of the previous year’s budget.

“There undoubtedly will be genuine fears but the public can be assured that I am alert to all the challenges ahead. Moreover, I have every confidence that my officials in the time ahead will do everything possible to ensure public services are adequately funded." 

Notes to editors: 

  1. Sign up to receive the weekly Minister’s News featuring latest updates from Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, Finance Minister.
  2. Follow us on twitter @dptfinance and like the Facebook page.
  3. For media enquires please contact the DoF Press Office on 028 9081 6724 or email dof.pressoffice@finance-ni.gov.uk. For out of hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07623 974383 and your call will be returned.

Share this page

Back to top