Research Papers 2016

Synopsis: Below you will find a list of research papers which have been prepared by the Research and Information Service for the Committee for Finance and Personnel in 2016. The papers are listed in reverse chronological order.

Executive Budget 2016-17: Potential Lines of Questioning

- Date: 07/01/2016

As part of a four-part series, this Briefing Paper aims to facilitate Assembly scrutiny of the Executive Budget 2016-17, both in plenary and statutory committees. Drawing on previous papers in the series, this Paper sets out potential lines of questioning, which seek to ensure the Executive duly considers Northern Ireland’s socio-economic context in its budget allocation decisions, so that departmental ministers are better placed when making decisions about policy and spending throughout 2016-17 and thereafter. (Paper 4 of 4)

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Executive Budget 2016-17: Departmental Allocations

- Date: 07/01/2016

As part of a four-part series on the Executive Budget 2016-17, this Briefing Paper presents tables (Tables 1-3) and graphs (Figures 1-5) to illustrate departmental allocations outlined in the Minister of Finance and Personnel’s Written Statement on 17 December 2015. Key observations about those tables and figures are noted as far as possible, given current unknowns arising from the departmental restructuring, which will reduce departments from 12 to 9. Amongst those unknowns are future decisions that are to be taken by the Executive, such as those relating to the total resources that are to be held in ‘Central Funds’. For more information on departmental restructuring, refer to RaISe Briefing Papers NIAR 714-15, dated 6 January 2016 and NIAR 780-12, dated 17 October 2012. (Paper 3 of 4)

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Restructuring Northern Ireland Departments: Machinery of Government Changes

- Date: 07/01/2016

As part of a four-part series on the Executive Budget 2016-17, this Briefing Paper seeks to inform the context in which the Executive has made allocations. It addresses on-going government restructuring and changes to arise from it, which impact on the Executive’s budgetary decisions for the forthcoming financial year. The Paper also seeks to facilitate the Assembly’s financial scrutiny of the Departments Bill (the Bill), currently progressing through the Assembly. (Paper 2 of 4)

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Executive Budget 2016-17: Northern Ireland Economic Context

- Date: 07/01/2016

As part of a four-part series, this Briefing Paper seeks to inform the Assembly’s scrutiny of the Executive Budget 2016-17. It outlines key aspects of the Northern Ireland economic context, which merit consideration when assessing the Executive’s priorities and related allocations in its Budget 2016-17. (Paper 1 of 4)

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