Budget (No. 2) Act (Northern Ireland) 2020

Budget (No. 2) Act (Northern Ireland) 2020

2020 CHAPTER 3

An Act to authorise the issue out of the Consolidated Fund of a certain sum for the service of the year ending 31 March 2021; to appropriate that sum for specified purposes; to authorise the Department of Finance to borrow on the credit of that sum; and to authorise the use for the public service of certain resources for that year.

[17 June 2020]

BE IT ENACTED by being passed by the Northern Ireland Assembly and assented to by Her Majesty as follows:

S-1 Issue of sum out of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending 31 March 2021 and appropriation of that sum

1 Issue of sum out of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending 31 March 2021 and appropriation of that sum

(1) The Department of Finance may issue out of the Consolidated Fund and apply to the service of the year ending 31 March 2021 the sum of £8,225,189,000.

(2) That sum is appropriated for the purposes specified in Schedule 1.

S-2 Power of the Department of Finance to borrow

2 Power of the Department of Finance to borrow

(1) The Department of Finance may borrow on the credit of the sum specified in section 1 any sum or sums not exceeding in total £4,112,595,000.

(2) Any money so borrowed must be repaid, with any interest due on it, out of the Consolidated Fund not later than 31 March 2021.

S-3 Use of resources (other than accruing resources) in the year ending 31 March 2021

3 Use of resources (other than accruing resources) in the year ending 31 March 2021

(1) For the purposes of section 6(1) of the 2001 Act, this section authorises the use of resources in the year ending 31 March 2021 by the persons mentioned in subsection (3) to the amount of £9,050,940,000.

(2) In that year, resources may be used by a person mentioned in that subsection for the purposes specified in relation to that person in column 1 of Schedule 2 up to the amounts specified in the corresponding entries in column 2 of that Schedule.

(3) The persons are—


(a) the Northern Ireland departments;


(b) the Food Standards Agency;


(c) the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission;


(d) the Northern Ireland Audit Office;


(e) the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman;


(f) the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland.

(4) In this section—

“the 2001 Act” means the Government Resources and Accounts Act (Northern Ireland) 2001;

“resources” does not include accruing resources within the meaning of section 8(1) of the 2001 Act.

S-4 Short title

4 Short title

This Act may be cited as the Budget (No. 2) Act (Northern Ireland) 2020.



Sums granted for the year ending 31 March 2021


Sums Granted (£)


For expenditure by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs on the provision of agricultural, educational and knowledge transfer services, research and development and grants to societies, associations, institutions and clubs for agri-food purposes and rural development; provision of veterinary services including animal health and welfare, veterinary public health and official controls, international veterinary certification of live animals and animal products and payments of compensation to farmers for animals culled in disease control programmes; developing expertise in wildlife interventions; provision of policy support, future policy development and legislation for the agri-food and equine industries; veterinary medicines, antimicrobial resistance, dog control and rural needs; protection for all aspects of animal, bee and plant health and welfare; protection and conservation of sea fisheries, inland fisheries and aquaculture; grants and grants-in-aid for the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, the Loughs Agency of the Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission; and the Northern Ireland Fishery Harbour Authority, the Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland, the Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside and the Agricultural Wages Board for Northern Ireland; grants for scientific services by other bodies; providing hardship assistance; conservation; natural heritage; environmental legislation and protection; operation of the carrier bag levy; payments for Coastal Communities Fund projects; regulation, maintenance, protection, development and conservation of forests and preparation for wind-farm development; contingency planning and exercising; payments under European Union or Nationally Funded Programmes including the Common Agricultural Policy and disallowance; payments to district councils and other approved delivery bodies; expenditure on activities and economic interventions; sector support payments that are required as a result of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union; administration costs; compensation payments and Governmental response to the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.



For expenditure by the Department for Communities on social security administration; payment of social security benefits, other benefits and National Insurance credits to people of working age, to pensioners and customers abroad and to people with disabilities and their carers, provision of grants, compensation, discretionary grants and loans and repayment of loans; loans for support for mortgage interest and certain home improvement loans; provision of youth and adult employment services programmes and skills training programmes; sums payable into the Social Fund for expenditure on grants, loans and payments; sums payable to the Northern Ireland National Insurance Fund for associated statutory payments; payment of the cash value of European Commission officials’ transferable state pension rights to the pension scheme of the European Union Institution; employment schemes and services, including those for people with disabilities, and career information, advice and guidance services; promoting and protecting the interests of children, older people, people with disabilities, and other socially excluded groups; Financial Assistance Scheme; child maintenance service; housing services, including discretionary payments, loans and subsidies; housing-led regeneration; regulation of the NI Housing Association sector; arts, creativity, museums, libraries, linguistic and cultural diversity, sport, recreation and other services; historic environment and payments to hold or support events; acquisition and preservation of, and provision of access to, archival heritage; residual payments in relation to the wind up of the Northern Ireland Events Company; urban regeneration including services such as property maintenance and events; community and voluntary sector; the cost of services provided to the Syrian Vulnerable Person Relocation Scheme; grants to district councils in support of local services and transferred functions; payments to Local Government Staff Commission Northern Ireland; emergency financial assistance; built heritage; North/South Language Body; payments under European Union Structural Funds programmes; sums payable under the Fresh Start Agreement; delivering the Programme for Government; Governmental response to the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic; the costs of administering services provided to the Department for Work and Pensions, other departments and partner organisations; administration costs, including developmental work on systems; grants and grants-in-aid; severance payments; grant funding for delivery of the All-Island Local Authority Programme; expenditure on activities that are required as a result of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.



For expenditure by the Department for the Economy on economic development; Governmental response to the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic; Innovation, Research and Development policy including policy evaluation and departmental research; assistance to aircraft and shipbuilding industries (including the residual costs in connection with the privatisation of aircraft and shipbuilding companies); support for the agri-food industry; support in relation to air access; economic infrastructure in support of economic development including regulatory reform, supporting delivery of City/Growth Deals, mineral and petroleum licensing and legislation, geological research and safeguarding abandoned mines; energy policy and legislation; sustainable energy including energy efficiency measures; assistance to the gas and electricity industries; Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme and associated costs; investment in telecommunications infrastructure with a view to facilitating improvements in networks or access to services; grant-in-aid to InterTradeIreland and Invest Northern Ireland including hardship payments to business and industry; grant-in-aid to Northern Ireland Screen; development of tourism including grant-in-aid to the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (trading as Tourism Northern Ireland) and Tourism Ireland Company Limited by Guarantee (trading as Tourism Ireland); grant-in-aid to the General Consumer Council for Northern Ireland and the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland; business regulation including company law, Insolvency Service, trading standards and consumer affairs services; mutuals policy, legislation and operations; repayment of funds made available to the Presbyterian Mutual Society to make payments to eligible persons; social economy; higher education (including universities and colleges of education); further education; youth and adult skills training; management and enterprise training; student support and other matters relating to tertiary education, including grants-in-aid to certain bodies, grants in respect of Education Maintenance...

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