Consultation on draft budget gets underway

NICVA is arranging dates for consultation meetings on the budget with each government department.

The meetings will give voluntary and community organisations a chance to quiz departmental officials on their spending priorities and savings plans.  NICVA will also be using the information from the meetings to inform our responses to the budget consultation.

Extension of consultation deadline

The NI Executive issued a press release on 13 January to announce the extension of the consultation deadline. The consultation period will now close on 16 February. The Executive is aware of the challenging timescale that exists for the formulation of a final Budget and has agreed to schedule a special meeting following the end of the consultation period which will focus entirely on budgetary matters.

Dates agreed so far are:

12 January 2.30pm  - 5.00pm Department of Justice (read the report of the event)

17 January  2.30pm-5.00pm Department of Finance and Personnel (overview of budget including plans to raise revenue

19 January 10.00am - 12.30pm  Department of Social Development (read feedback from the event)

19 January 4.30pm - 6.30pm  Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (event report)

20 January 9.30am-12.00pm  Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment

25 January 4.30pm-6.30pm  Department of the Environment (event report)

26 January 9.30am-12.30pm  Department for Regional Development

26 January 5.00pm - 7.00pm  Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

28 January 2.00pm - 5.00pm  Department of Employment and Learning

31 January 1.30pm - 3.30pm Office of the First and deputy First Minister

1 February 11.30am - 1.30pm  Department of Education

1 February 7.00pm- 9.00pm Department of Agriculture and Rural Development,in partnership with Rural Community Network (RCN). This session will be held at RCN, 38a Old Town Street, Cookstown. 

All of the consultation meetings, with the exception of DARD, will take place at NICVA. To book a place at any of these events contact [email protected]

To download copies of individual departmental budget proposals, see

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