Public Spending Directorate (PSD)

PSD is responsible for the monitoring and control of the public expenditure regime in Northern Ireland; ensuring compliance with budget and accountability controls and ensuring the optimal allocation of resources.

Aims and objectives

PSD aims to:

  • support the Minister and the Executive in securing the allocation and effective use of available resources through monitoring public expenditure, in line with the priorities set by the Executive
  • support decisions on the management of public expenditure, maximise the achievement of VFM and promote accountability
  • promote proper governance and financial management and to ensure resources are properly accounted for
  • deliver high quality, efficient and effective services to the citizen, NICS Departments and the wider public sector

Structure

Public Spending Directorate consists of three divisions:

Central Expenditure Division (CED)

CED is responsible for the planning and management of public expenditure in Northern Ireland.  This includes the Executive’s Budget process, the in-year monitoring process, outturn and forecast outturn, management of borrowing under the Reinvestment and Reform Initiative, liaison with HM Treasury and the provision of guidance on technical budget and classification issues.

Supply

Supply division is responsible for recommending the allocation of, and controlling and reporting on, the resources made available to Northern Ireland departments to optimise the distribution of public expenditure towards achieving the administration’s strategic objectives and priorities for Northern Ireland.

Accountability and Financial Management Division (AFMD)

AFMD Oversees departments’ relationships with the Public Accounts Committee and the Northern Ireland Audit Office; provides advice and guidance to departments and their sponsored bodies on accounting, accountability, corporate governance, financial skills and tax compliance; manages the NI Consolidated Fund and maintains appropriate banking arrangements across the NICS.

The PSD management team

  • Michael Brennan (Budget Director) - Head of Directorate
  • Joanne McBurney - Head of Central Expenditure Division
  • Emer Morelli – Head of Supply Division
  • Alison Caldwell - Acting Head of Accountability and Financial Management Division 

PSD business priorities

PSD is committed to making a difference to how we deliver our services and we strive to ensure that our services meet the needs and expectations of all our key stakeholders and customers.

Our business priorities focus on four key areas:

Our results

  • to support the Minister and the Executive in the securing, allocation and effective use of available resources
  • to maintain a framework of guiding principles and delegations which support decisions on the management of public expenditure, maximise the achievement of VFM and promote accountability
  • to promote proper governance and financial management and to ensure resources are properly accounted for

Our customers

  • to provide an efficient and effective service to the Minister, the Executive and the Assembly
  • to deliver high quality, efficient and effective services to the citizen, NICS Departments, HMT and the wider public sector

Our internal processes

  • to manage the resources available to PSD efficiently and effectively and deliver required savings
  • to translate the DoF strategic vision into operational delivery at all levels by creating linkages between Departmental, Directorate and Divisional BSCs

Our organisation and people

  • support the delivery of PSD business objectives and the NICS People Plan through the effective deployment, management, engagement and development of our people whilst continuing to embed a culture of continuous improvement
  • continue to develop and embed a culture of continuous improvement

Vision values

In achieving the overall objectives of the Directorate, the working practices of PSD are guided by the Departmental CLEAR Values: 

  • Customer - PSD is focused on delivering a high quality service
  • Leadership - PSD’s senior management are strong leaders, with clear direction
  • Ethical - PSD deliver an honest, fair, and equal environment for all its staff and customers
  • Accountable - PSD is fully accountable to the Minister, the NI Assembly, to citizens and their representatives for the efficient and effective use of resources and delivery of services
  • Results  - PSD work continuously to achieve our objectives in order that all targets are delivered efficiently

Contact PSD

Business area contacts for PSD can be found here.

How to make a complaint

If you wish to make a complaint you can contact our Business Area Complaints Manager (BACM) using the details below and your complaint will be forwarded to the appropriate business area:

Christine Mills
Department of Finance 
Public Spending Directorate (PSD)
Rathgael House
Balloo Road
BANGOR
BT19 7NA

 

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