Northern Ireland receives funding boost for education and health

Northern Ireland will soon receive an extra £140m to ease pressures on education and healthcare

According to ITV, Northern Ireland is set to receive an additional £140m for health and education this year.

This is part of the 2019-20 budget as outlined by Karen Bradley, the secretary of state.

Bradley said this news comes “in recognition of the lack of opportunity for more fundamental service reconfiguration”.

Nigel Dodds, MP, said the budget is “good news for our schools and hospitals with increased spending on those frontline services”.

Education will soon receive a 3.2% boost, although this works out at a 0.7% cut when inflation and this year’s in-year are taken into consideration.

Around £1.5bn has been allocated for capital projects.

The government decisions on rates are in line with those taken next year.

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