ASSEMBLY BUSINESS

Research Papers 2011

Synopsis Here you will find a list of Committee for Finance and Personnel research papers published during 2011.

  • Economic Briefing (November 2011)

    Reference: 168/11 - Date: 25/11/2011

    This paper summarises current economic conditions in Northern Ireland. It provides an overview of a range of economic indicators, including current growth projections, labour market and property market conditions, as well as the outlook for inflation / interest rates. Key data and messages are presented upfront in the Summary to provide an ‘at a glance’ synopsis of the NI economy.

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  • Strategic Budget Review: further evidence

    Reference: 167/11 - Date: 24/11/2011

    This Briefing Note is in response to the Committee for Finance and Personnel’s request for further evidence in relation to the strategic budget review phase that was presented in Briefing Paper 103/11 Options for strategic budget stages. Information is presented on how the UK’s other devolved legislatures review the executions of the budgets that they approve. Additional international evidence is also provided.

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  • The Executive's Review of the Financial Process in Northern Ireland: a critical analysis of DFP's Discussion Paper

    Reference: 156/11 - Date: 16/11/2011

    This Research Paper presents a critical review and evaluation of DFP's Discussion Paper in relation to its ongoing Review of Financial Process on behalf of the Northern Ireland Executive. Particular attention is paid to the initial recommendations in the light of international best practice, recommendations made by the Committee for Finance and Personnel and previous research.

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  • Options for strategic budget stages

    Reference: 103/11 - Date: 05/10/2011

    This paper builds upon previous research which identified good practice requirements for two formal stages to be built into the Northern Ireland budget process. The first part of the paper looks at options for a strategic budget stage prior to the draft budget. The approaches taken in Scotland and Wales are considered. The second part of the paper presents options for strategic review of the budget during execution.

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  • Budget System Laws: Principles and Good Practice

    Reference: 101/11 - Date: 26/09/2011

    This Briefing Paper follows on from Paper 62/11 which set out some recommendations for enhancing the Northern Ireland budget process. One of those recommendations – based upon international good practice – was that the future process should be enshrined in statute. One approach would be to produce a revised Budget System Law. The purpose of this Briefing Paper is to examine the good practice principles that should underpin such laws; to present an analysis of how current budgeting practice aligns with those principles; and, to assess whether certain aspects of budgeting are already covered by Northern Ireland statutory provisions.

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  • Conduct and discipline in the civil service

    Reference: 88/11 - Date: 08/09/2011

    This Briefing Paper examines the disciplinary arrangements for civil servants in Northern Ireland and in other jurisdictions. It also considers lines of accountability between ministers, officials and the legislature, including rules for officials appearing before committees.

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  • Economic Briefing: June 2011

    Reference: 78/11 - Date: 07/07/2011

    This paper provides an overview of economic data and factors affecting the outlook for the NI/UK economies. Key data and messages are presented upfront to provide an ‘at a glance’ synopsis of economic conditions.

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  • The Scotland Bill: a consideration of key issues relating to the devolution of income tax varying powers

    Reference: 65/11 - Date: 23/06/2011

    This paper considers the economic debate regarding the proposals to devolve income tax varying powers to Scotland as proposed in the Scotland Bill 2010-11.

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  • DFP's Review of Financial Process: considerations for improving the budget process

    Reference: 62/11 - Date: 22/06/2011

    This paper seeks to draw together a number of recommendations made by the Committee for Finance and Personnel during the previous mandate of the Assembly with good practice guidance with a view to informing the present Committee's input to the Department of Finance and Personnel's Review of Financial Process.

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  • Reducing the number of departments: possible savings

    Reference: 60/11 - Date: 14/06/2011

    This Briefing Note considers the evidence relating to reorganisations of government departments. It draws Members’ attention to a number of issues that should be borne in mind when the case for a reduction or reorganisation is being considered. In particular, some good practice recommendations are highlighted.

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  • Devolution of Corporation Tax

    Reference: 57/11 - Date: 01/06/2011

    This paper presents a critical analysis of the UK Government’s consultation paper Rebalancing the Northern Ireland Economy and explores a number of issues related to the devolution of corporation tax powers to Northern Ireland. There is a particular focus on matters likely to be of interest to Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly, and especially to the Committee for Finance and Personnel.

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  • Economic Briefing: March 2011

    Reference: 51/11 - Date: 22/03/2011

    This paper summarises current economic conditions in Northern Ireland. It provides an overview of a range of economic indicators, including current growth projections, labour market and property market conditions, as well as the outlook for inflation / interest rates. Key data and messages are presented upfront in the Summary to provide an ‘at a glance’ synopsis of the NI economy.

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  • Final Budget 2011-15

    Reference: 40/11 - Date: 07/03/2011

    This paper provides a brief update to Assembly Research Briefing Note 04/11 Draft Budget 2011-15. The final budget allocations presented today by the Minister of Finance are shown in real terms. A comparison with the allocations in the draft budget is also included.

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  • Update: Comparative Car and Home Insurance Costs in NI

    Reference: 37/11 - Date: 01/03/2011

    A previous Research and Library Service Research Paper (October 2010) considered comparative car insurance costs across the UK. The analysis indicated that the cost of car insurance appeared to be relatively high in Northern Ireland (NI). This paper provides an interim update on the ongoing research being undertaken to assess whether this apparent cost differential represents price discrimination, or whether it is in fact reflective of higher costs and/or risks associated with transacting car insurance business in NI.

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  • Scrutiny procedures for the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and National Assembly for Wales Commission budget proposals

    Reference: 35/11 - Date: 23/02/2011

    This briefing note is to support consideration by the Committee for Finance and Personnel of the practices and procedures used for agreeing the budget of the legislatures in Scotland and Wales. Practices in other Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member countries are also reported.

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  • Economic Impact of Cuts in Annually Managed Expenditure

    Reference: 17/11 - Date: 27/01/2011

    This paper considers the potential economic impacts of the impending cuts to Annually Managed Expenditure in Northern Ireland. It is shown that there is evidence to indicate that the Coalition Government’s plans in respect of welfare reform are regressive , and will have a particularly detrimental impact upon families with children.

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  • Preventative Spending

    Reference: 10/11 - Date: 19/01/2011

    This paper examines the case for early intervention strategies which are designed to reduce the demand for more expensive intervention or treatment at a later date.

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  • Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) Bill

    Reference: 05/11 - Date: 13/01/2011

    This paper provides an overview and discussion of the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) Bill.

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  • Draft Budget 2011-15

    Reference: 04/11 - Date: 12/01/2011

    This paper presents a critical evaluation of the Northern Ireland Executive’s draft Budget 2011-15. Some procedural questions are highlighted and a number of issues for further clarification are presented.

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