Information on Northern Ireland’s (NI) public finances, including the NI budget and guidance on accountability and financial management


Main and Supplementary Estimates

The Northern Ireland Estimates, often referred to as the Main Estimates, set out the detailed spending plans of Northern Ireland departments for the financial year.

Public expenditure guidance

Public expenditure is the general term for expenditure incurred by the public sector in the course of its activities.

In-year monitoring

The in-year monitoring process provides a formal system for reviewing spending plans and priorities for the Northern Ireland departments in the current financial year in light of the most up-to-date position.

Better Business Cases NI

Guidance and a framework for appraising, developing and planning projects and programmes using the Five Case Model to deliver best social value for money; all of which is captured for a well prepared business case to support objective, evidence based decisions.

Block Grant Transparency

HM Treasury annually publish Block Grant Transparency documents. This shows a breakdown of changes in the devolved administrations’ block grant funding.

City and Growth Deals

A City or Growth Deal is a package of capital funding and decision-making powers negotiated between central Government and local councils.

The Department of Finance is responsible for the strategic direction, policy, governance and funding of the City and Growth Deals initiative.

Public service pensions policy and legislation

The Public Service Pensions Policy and Legislation Branch provides guidance on public service pensions policy and legislation for the Northern Ireland public service pension schemes and their sponsor departments.

Related to Finance

Access to information

How to request information from the Department of Finance including Freedom of Information (FOI) and the use of our Publication Scheme.

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