Muir: Spending shows scale of challenges that lie ahead

Alliance Finance Spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has said the latest spending figures from the Department show the scale of challenges that lie ahead for the Executive. Mr Muir was speaking after the June Monitoring round was announced, in which the Finance Minister set out the money available to departments arising primarily from underspends last year, […]

Muir criticises Executive Office for failure to take key decisions

Alliance North Down MLA Andrew Muir has criticised the Executive Office for failing to move forward on a number of significant issues. Highlighting the concerns of post-RHI reform and the removal of flammable cladding from high-rise buildings, Mr Muir, the Party’s Finance Spokesperson, said there was “no excuse” to continue blocking these decisions Mr Muir […]

MLAs call for clarity around bonus payment for carers

Alliance MLAs have called for further clarity for a one-off bonus payment to carers in recognition of their work throughout the pandemic. Earlier this year, Health Minister Robin Swann announced health workers would receive a special payment as a mark of thanks for work carried out during the COVID-19 crisis. The Minister stated at the […]

Muir calls for Cost of Division to be top priority for Fiscal Council

Alliance Finance Spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has welcomed the establishment of a Fiscal Council for Northern Ireland with a Fiscal Commission also to commence specific programme of work. The Fiscal Council was announced recently by the Finance Minister will be a permanent, independent body charged with bringing transparency and scrutiny to the Executive Finances. Mr […]

Departments need to ensure planned spending so no money handed back, says Muir

Executive Departments need to ensure planned spending is carried out so no money is handed back to Westminster, Alliance Finance spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has said. Mr Muir was speaking during an Assembly debate relating to a motion on the supply of cash and use of resources by Departments in the current financial year, and […]

Armstrong calls on Finance Minister to allocate money for reform of ‘six-month’ rule

Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has called on the Finance Minister to consider allocating money to reform the controversial ‘six-month’ rule for terminally ill people. As part of a cross-party letter, MLAs wrote to Conor Murphy to urge him to give the Department for Communities (DFC) £2 million to progress reform of the Special […]