EU funding in NI agriculture: Should we stay or should we go?
9 Mar 2016Bob Harper Detail DataDetail Data, Open Data, Public Expenditure, Environment
MORE than 38,000 farmers and rural projects across Northern Ireland shared nearly £350million of European Union (EU) funding in a single year, according to the latest breakdown of figures.
The Fiscal Implications of an Older Population in Northern Ireland
24 Nov 2015Michael McGilligan Centre for Economic Empowerment, Policy & Public AffairsEconomy, Public Expenditure
This research aims to identify the fiscal impact of the changing age profile of Northern Ireland.
The Need for a Strategic Approach to Taxation
6 Mar 2015Eoin Rooney Centre for Economic Empowerment, Policy & Public AffairsEconomy, Public Expenditure, Public Sector Reform, Public Service Delivery
In the first of three articles on taxes and their role in public policy, we consider the need for the Northern Ireland Executive to review the local system of taxation.
NICVA Response to NI Executive Draft Budget 2015-16
24 Dec 2014Bob Harper Budget 2015-2016, Policy & Public Affairs, Centre for Economic EmpowermentBudget Asks, Public Expenditure, Public Sector Reform, Public Service Delivery
This paper contains NICVA’s reflections on public finances in general, our learning from our participation in this particular consultation process, and comments on each departmental spending plan.
DSD Consultation Meeting - 7 Key Asks
18 Dec 2014Bob Harper Budget 2015-2016, Policy & Public Affairs, Local Government ReformBudget, Public Expenditure, local government reform
Following a consultation meeting with Department for Social Development officials on 15 December, we have collated seven key asks expressed at the meeting, alongside tips from the Department on what to include in consultation responses.
DEL Budget Meeting - Key Asks
11 Dec 2014Bob Harper Budget 2015-2016, Policy & Public AffairsBudget Asks, Budget, Public Expenditure
Following a consultation meeting with Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) officials we have collated six key asks expressed at the meeting, alongside pointers from the Department on what to include in consultation responses.
The Change Fund (Draft Budget 2015-16)
26 Nov 2014Bob Harper Centre for Economic Empowerment, Policy & Public Affairs, Budget 2015-2016Budget, Public Expenditure
The Draft Budget 2015-16 announced the creation of a “Change Fund” which will “finance upfront investment in cross-cutting reform initiatives and preventative measures that are expected to generate savings in the longer term.”
Public service pension reform and the Draft Budget 2014-15
20 Nov 2014Bob Harper Centre for Economic Empowerment, Policy & Public Affairs, Budget 2015-2016Budget, Pensions, Public Expenditure
The Draft Budget 2015-16 sets aside £133.2m to deal with public service pensions but gives little detail on what these are and why the additional money is needed. This article provides an explanation.
Budget 2015 raises serious concerns for voluntary and community sector
4 Nov 2014Lisa McElherron Policy & Public Affairs, Budget 2015-2016Public Expenditure, Public Service Delivery, Budget
When the Finance and Personnel Minister Simon Hamilton presented the draft 2015/16 budget to the NI Assembly he said it was based on hope not fear.
2014-15 June Monitoring Round Summary
1 Aug 2014Bob Harper Policy & Public Affairs, Centre for Economic EmpowermentPublic Expenditure
On 31 July the Minister for Finance and Personnel published a Written Statement to the Assembly on the outcome of the Northern Ireland Executive’s 2014-15 June monitoring round.