Political Developments and the Northern Ireland Budget 2017/18

10 Jan 2017     Last updated: 10 Jan 2017

Speaking in response to the resignation of the deputy First Minister yesterday, NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey said:

“It’s very disappointing that the Fresh Start agreement that we welcomed and supported has now run into the sand.  We had hoped it heralded stable government for a period of years that would allow progress to be made on a whole range of issues. We now have more instability, no budget agreed for next year and no clear position on our key priorities in the Brexit negotiations.

All parties entering the election should reflect on how they can fix this problem.  We need a functional government.

On the budget and funding relationship between Government and voluntary and community organisations in Northern Ireland NICVA has spoken today with senior officials in the Department of Finance and have been reassured they are already considering the funding issue caused by the hiatus. 

We expect to keep uncertainty to a minimum and to prevent unnecessary job losses.”