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Brokenshire to outline where money is spent in Northern Ireland

Lack of Executive means Tory minster to make crucial decisions

Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire has said he will set out the budget for Northern Ireland next week.

He said, following the advice from the head of the Northern Ireland civil service, he will set out how much each Stormont department will have to spend.

It's thought around £116m will allocated for spending. Civil servants have control of 75% of the £10bn block grant which rises to 95% in July.

In a written statment to the Commons, the Conservative minister said: "In my Statement to the House on July 3, I made clear that the UK Government will always uphold its ultimate responsibilities for political stability and good governance in Northern Ireland. With that in mind, I have been keeping under review the financial situation in Northern Ireland absent an Executive.

"Having reflected on the situation, and following further advice from the head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, I have concluded that it will be necessary for me to provide additional clarity ahead of the summer recess to support Northern Ireland Permanent Secretaries in addressing financial pressures and maintaining public services.

"Following the public holidays in Northern Ireland this week, I therefore, intend to lay a further Written Statement before the House next week with adjusted indicative Budget positions and departmental allocations.

"This will take account of the Barnett consequentials arising from the Spring Budget, and funding as may be available from budget transfers and updated forecasts."

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