Finance Minister, Conor Murphy today allocated over Pound 40 million to education as part of the January Monitoring Round.
Pound 151.3 million has been allocated with almost a third of all resource allocations going to education. Other allocations include support for the transport sector, local councils, and funding for compensation for those impacted by the Avian Flu outbreak.
Outlining the allocations, Minister Murphy said: "Over Pound 40 million will go towards education. Covid has created huge challenges for schools and funding is being provided to help schools pay for substitute teachers and PPE. It also includes Pound 18.4 million for Special Educational Needs.
"Pound 17 million is being provided to support local councils.
"Public transport continues to face reduced passenger numbers and with that loss of income. Pound 24 million is being provided to subsidise bus routes along with a further Pound 19.8 million for Translink including lost income as a result of Covid.
"Recognising the difficulties facing the private bus and coach sector, Pound 4 million will be used to deliver a further financial assistance scheme."
January monitoring departmental allocations are as follows:
- Department for Infrastructure - Pound 71.8 million - Covid-19 lost income, Bus route subsidy, A6, NI Waters, Roads Energy, DVA and Penalty Charge Notice bad debt write off.
- Department of Education - Pound 43.8 million - Covid-19 pressures, Special Educational Needs, Voluntary Exit Scheme and Depreciation.
- Department for Communities - Pound 18.2 million - Council Funding for Covid impacts, De-rating grant and Rates Support Grant
- Department of Justice - Pound 12.3 million - PSNI and Legal Services Agency NI
- Department of Agriculture, Environment, and Rural Affairs - Pound 4 million - Avian Flu
- Department of Finance - Pound 0.8 million - Covid-19 Small Business Top UP Grant
- NI Audit Office - Pound 0.4 million - Building Project Costs
The Minister continued: "All bids submitted by Departments have been met in full.
"If further bids to meet urgent priorities come forward from Departments, further allocations can be made.
"However, given the constrained budget position next year, the Executive does want to carry over funding into the next financial year. The Treasury caps the amount of funding we can carry over. Therefore if we are to avoid surrendering money to the Treasury it is critical that underspends from Departments are kept to a minimum."