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Budget a welcome boost for NI but devil will be in the detail

Margaret Canning


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Chancellor Rishi Sunak had to reconcile the need to pay out to get the UK through the Covid-19 pandemic, and the reality that taxes will have to rise to help the government balance the books in future. (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Chancellor Rishi Sunak had to reconcile the need to pay out to get the UK through the Covid-19 pandemic, and the reality that taxes will have to rise to help the government balance the books in future. (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak had to reconcile the need to pay out to get the UK through the Covid-19 pandemic, and the reality that taxes will have to rise to help the government balance the books in future. (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

The Budget was more than ever a balancing act for Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak but overall, he seemed to give more than take away.

Northern Ireland is to receive £410m under the Barnett rules for spending on the devolved nations, although we will need more detail to establish if that is as generous as it sounds.

Mr Sunak had to reconcile the continued need to pay out to get the UK through the Covid-19 pandemic, and the reality that taxes will have to rise to help the government balance the books in future.


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