01/08/2014

Executive Accepts Budget Cuts Totaling £78m

A number of Stormont departments are to have their budgets cut, following the executives decision to endorse the June monitoring round.

Combined cuts of £78m will be made in all departments except health and education, according to a report by the BBC.

The cuts, which had caused delays in a Stormont decision as the two main parties, DUP and Sinn Féin, could not reach an agreement, will come into effect from October.

The BBC report reveals the three departments to be hardest hit by the cuts:

Education and Learning will lose £16m; Justice will lose £22m; and Social Development will lose £13m.

(MH/CD)

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