Health, education and infrastructure all benefit from resource financing
Northern Ireland’s health service is set to receive almost 90% of the available resource funding, £ 200million, to respond to Covid pressures, tackle waiting lists and fund payroll compensation for those who need it. workers.
The October monitoring cycle allocations agreed by the executive will also see funding provided for special education needs, road maintenance and support for first-time taxi drivers.
Describing the allowances that were shared with all MPs via a written statement, Finance Minister Conor Murphy said: “In my opinion, health should be our top priority, so I’m happy to announce an additional amount. of £ 200million for the health service. £ 80million will be used to respond to Covid-19 pressure on hospitals. £ 70million will be used to fund the healthcare staff pay bonuses requested by Department of Health. £ 30million will be allocated to tackle waiting lists and £ 15million will support health trusts with £ 5million earmarked to expand the Mental Health Support Fund. “
Minister Murphy continued: “£ 20.7million is allocated to the Department of Education, including funding to support special educational needs.
“To help the taxi industry, £ 500,000 is earmarked for a scheme to encourage new drivers to join the industry. As we move into the winter months, the £ 4million offer for the ‘road maintenance and winter services such as sandblasting has been satisfied in full. ”
Minister Murphy told MPs the request far exceeded the funding available with a total of £ 223million of resources available for allocation with offers from departments totaling £ 516million.
Minister Murphy added: “There are many competing demands on public spending and with offers totaling more than double the funding available, it is not possible to fund everything.
“We recognize the hardships families face, especially in the face of soaring energy costs. It is a shame that Westminster has suppressed the vital increase in universal credit at a time when households are faced with increases in energy costs. unprecedented price.
“After the allocation of £ 200 million for health, there were only £ 23 million of resources available. This was not enough to meet the supply of universal credit. In order to adequately finance health and universal credit, I have defined the necessary pro-rata reductions needed by Ministries other than Health to fund the increase in universal credit not only for this fiscal year, but also for years to come. This option was not accepted. The executive agreed to have a specific discussion on broader anti-poverty initiatives to help the most vulnerable in society. “
Other allowances include:
• Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs – £ 8.6 million – Covid-19 and Rural Business Community Fund Programs;
• Department of Health – £ 6.7million – Investment costs of Covid-19 health support services and health and social care trusts;
• The Executive Board – £ 4.2 million – Social Investment Fund and pressure on interest on capital from financial transactions;
• Department of Finance – £ 3 million – Localized Restriction Support Program;
• Department of Justice – £ 2million – Safer Communities Program (including Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Program) and legal aid costs;
• Department of Infrastructure – £ 1.5 million – NI Water; and
• NI meeting – £ 0.2 million – Membership fees