The Department of Finance today confirmed the allocation of funding to meet financial pressures as part of 2018-19 in-year monitoring.
The resources have become available mainly as a result of funding carried forward from 2017-18 under the Budget Exchange Scheme and the additional funding received under the Barnett formula following the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget, combined with a number of reduced requirements within departments.
A total of £184.3 million has been allocated of Resource DEL, with £80.4 million Capital DEL.
The largest share of the funding has been allocated to address significant pressures in the Departments of Health and Education who receive £109 million and £35.9 million of Resource DEL funding respectively.
The additional money will enable the Department of Health to progress pay settlements for Health and Social Care staff and address its opening budgetary shortfall identified at the start of the financial year. The allocation to the Department of Education will enable them to address their opening budget over-commitment, enable schools to access budget surpluses accumulated in prior years and provide further support for Special Educational Needs and School Maintenance programmes.
The Department for Infrastructure also receives £31.0 million Resource DEL for Roads Maintenance and Public Transport services and £42.0 million Capital DEL to address a number of Transport and other Infrastructure priorities.
Full details of allocations are set out in the table below:
|Department||Resource DEL||Capital DEL||Description|
|DfC||0.9||22.2||Investment in Social Housing Stock and Belfast City Regeneration|
|DfE||5.4||3.0||Further Education Colleges and Belfast City Regeneration|
|DE||35.9||-||Funding to address opening budget over-commitment, in-year schools surplus drawdown, Special Educational Needs and School Maintenance|
|DOH||109.0||13.0||Funding to address opening budget over-commitment, pay and other health service pressures|
|DfI||31.0||42.0||Road Maintenance, Public Transport, including Belfast City Regeneration, and Other Infrastructure priorities|
|DoJ||1.5||-||PSNI Estate Maintenance|
|NIAO||-||0.1||Minor Capital Works|
|NIPSO||0.1||0.1||Statutory Obligations and IT costs|
Allocations of £4 million are also being made from the funding set aside in the budget to support the draft Programme for Government / Transformation, including £2.5 million to progress the Education Transformation programme. Full details of these allocations are set out in the table below:
Notes to editors:
1. The Northern Ireland Budget Act 2018 was passed in Westminster on 19 July and provides the details of departmental spending allocations in 2018-19. In line with usual processes, it is anticipated that there will be a further in year monitoring round this year, with all in-year changes being reflected in a second Budget Bill and Supplementary Estimate.
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