Northern Ireland budget reveals health spend increase
Reported by the BBC (13 November 2017): Northern Ireland's budget for 2017/18 has been published and shows an increase in health spending of 5.4%. It will be passed into law at Westminster later this week after 10 months without a devolved executive at Stormont. NI Secretary James Brokenshire said that public services would begin to run out of money if a budget was not in place by the end of November.
The budget numbers were recently shared with the local parties.
It comes after the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin failed to reach a deal in political talks. Overall, the amount of money available for day-to-day spending is up by 3.2%, meaning no real increase when inflation is considered.