NI Budget 2023: Government departments consult on funding proposals

2 Jun 2023 Shauna O'Neill    Last updated: 26 Jul 2023

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The opening budget for 2023-24 has now been set by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and with allocations falling significantly short, local Government Departments will be forced to demonstrate savings.

Departments have undertaken Equality Impact Assessments (EQIAs) examining options for reductions and the potential impact to people in Section 75 categories of those decisions on the services and supports that Departments provide. You can read more about what an EQIA is here.

The following EQIAs are currently out for consultation:-

  • Department for Communities - view here closing 2 August

The Department for Communities has set out its final budget allocations for the 2023-24 business year following the completion of the first stage of an EQIA consultation. Any further consultation responses received between 7 June 2023 to 2 August 2023 will be used to inform further mitigation measures and reallocation of any additional funding available during 2023-24.

  • The Executive Office – view here closing 2 August

The Executive Office has published outcomes for Phase 1 of the consultation process detailing the progress to date. The Department say responses received before the consultation closure date on 2 August 2023 will still be considered.  These may be used to consider further mitigation measures, to inform in-year budget reallocation processes or to direct any additional funding (or further reductions) that emerge over the course of the financial year.

  • Department for Infrastructure – view here closing 7 August

The Department for Infrastructure has outlined its final resource budget allocations for the 2023-24 financial year following analysis of responses provided during the first four weeks of their EQIA consultation. Any further consultation responses received after this date will be used to inform further mitigation measures and reallocation of any additional funding available during 2023-24.

  • Department of Education - view here closing 13 August 2023
  • ​Department of Health – view here closing 14 August 2023
     
  • Department for the Economy - view here closing 30 August 2023

The Department for the Economy has confirmed its budget position for 2023/24 following a review of the responses received in the four-week period to 5 July 2023. Responses received between 6 July to 30 August 2023 will be used to consider further mitigation measures, to inform in-year budget reallocation processes, and to direct any additional funding (or further reductions) that emerge over the course of the financial year.

Help inform our response to Government

We are keen to hear from the sector on the impact of these proposed cuts and the equality implications of the decisions being made. We held an online consultation event on 2 June to hear from our members but we are still gathering feedback. If you would like to share your own response with us, or want to share information that could contribute to our response, please email [email protected].

Your feedback will help to inform our consultation response and is crucial in helping us highlight the specific adverse impacts of the proposed budgetary cuts on the sector and those individuals and communities we serve.

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by Shauna O'Neill

Communications Officer

[email protected]

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