Proposed Financial Package Woefully Inadequate - Murphy

Date published: 15 January 2020

After the British Government published its proposed financial package, Finance Minister, Conor Murphy said:

"The parties restored the Executive in good faith on the basis of the two governments’ New Decade, New Approach document. The British government undertook to provide the additional funding needed to deliver the ambitious commitments in the document.

“My officials are in the process of fully costing what is required but, against the request of the First Minister and deputy First Minister, the British Government has gone ahead and made this announcement.

“The financial package claims to provide £2bn.

“£1bn of this was already coming to the Executive.

“A further £240m was already promised as part of the Confidence and Supply agreement.

“The bottom line is with this proposed package, our public services face a shortfall of at least £1 billion next year alone.

“This will make it extremely difficult to fund public services.”

Mr Murphy added: “For the legacy institutions, the proposed package adds £100m to the £150m previously committed. This falls at least £50m short of the projected cost of £300-£400m

“The parties are working together to deliver quality public services for our people. This act of bad faith makes our job much more difficult.

“As Finance Minister I cannot and will not accept this and will be taking this up with the British Government.”

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