Budget (No. 2) Act (Northern Ireland) 2016

Publication Date:January 01, 2016
 
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Budget (No. 2) Act (Northern Ireland) 2016

2016 CHAPTER 30

An Act to authorise the issue out of the Consolidated Fund of certain sums for the service of the year ending 31st March 2017; to appropriate those sums for specified purposes; to authorise the Department of Finance to borrow on the credit of the appropriated sums; to authorise the use for the public service of certain resources (including accruing resources) for the year ending 31st March 2017; to authorise the use of certain excess resources for the year ending 31st March 2015; and to repeal certain spent provisions.

[25 July 2016]

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 31st March 2017 and appropriation of that sum

1 Issue of sum out of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending 31st March 2017 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 31st March 2017 the sum of £7,986,369,200.

(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) Subject to subsection (2), the Department of Finance may borrow on the credit of the sum specified in section 1 any sum or sums not exceeding in the whole £3,993,184,000.

(2) Any money so borrowed shall be repaid, with any interest due thereon, out of the Consolidated Fund not later than 31st March 2017.

S-3 Use of resources (other than accruing resources) in the year ending 31st March 2017

3 Use of resources (other than accruing resources) in the year ending 31st March 2017

(1) For the purposes of section 6(1) of the 2001 Act, this section authorises the use of resources in the year ending 31st March 2017.

(2) The use of resources by—

(a)

the Northern Ireland departments mentioned in Schedule 2;

(b)

the Food Standards Agency;

(c)

the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission;

(d)

the Northern Ireland Audit Office;

(e)

the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation;

(f)

the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman; and

(g)

the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland,

in that year is authorised to the amount of £8,693,136,600.

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

S-4 Limit on use of accruing resources in the year ending 31st March 2017

4 Limit on use of accruing resources in the year ending 31st March 2017

(1) For the purposes of section 8(1) of the 2001 Act, this section sets the relevant limits on the accruing resources that may be directed to be used for certain purposes in the year ending 31st March 2017 in addition to resources authorised by this Act or any other statutory provision to be used for those purposes in that year.

(2) In that year accruing resources not exceeding the amount specified in column 3 of Schedule 2 may be directed to be used for the purposes specified in the corresponding entries in column 1 of that Schedule.

S-5 Resource excesses for the year ending 31st March 2015

5 Resource excesses for the year ending 31st March 2015

(1) For the purposes of section 6(1) of the 2001 Act, this section authorises the use of resources by the Department of Finance and the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission to the amount of £69,281,105.15 in the year ending 31st March 2015.

(2) In that year, resources may be used by the Department of Finance or the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission for the purposes specified in relation to it in column 1 of Schedule 3 up to the amounts specified in the corresponding entries in column 2 of that Schedule.

(3) Those resources are additional to any resources or accruing resources authorised by or under any other statutory provision to be used for those purposes in that year.

S-6 Repeal of spent provisions

6 Repeal of spent provisions

The statutory provisions mentioned in Schedule4 are hereby repealed to the extent specified in the second column of that Schedule.

S-7 Interpretation

7 Interpretation

(1) In this Act—

“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;

“statutory provision” has the same meaning as in section 1(f) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954.

S-8 Short title

8 Short title

This Act may be cited as the Budget (No. 2) Act (Northern Ireland) 2016.

SCHEDULES

SCHEDULE 1

Section 1.

SUMS GRANTED FOR THE YEAR ENDING 31ST MARCH 2017

Purpose

Sums Granted

(£)

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL AFFAIRS

For expenditure by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs on the provision of agricultural and educational services and grants to societies, associations, institutions and clubs for agri-food purposes and rural development; provision of veterinary services including animal health and welfare, contingency planning and exercising, veterinary public health, international veterinary certification of live animals and animal products, payments of compensation to farmers for animals culled in disease control programmes; developing expertise in wildlife interventions; provision of policy support and legislation for the agri-food and equine industries, veterinary medicines, 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, the Northern Ireland Fishery Harbour Authority, the Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland 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; payments under European Union Programmes and Funds including the Common Agricultural Policy and disallowance; payments to district councils and other approved delivery bodies; administration costs and severance payments.

151,990,000

DEPARTMENT FOR COMMUNITIES

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; Independent Living Fund; 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; arts, creativity, museums, libraries, linguistic and cultural diversity, sport and other services; historic environment; 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; 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 and severance payments.

1,879,573,200

DEPARTMENT FOR THE ECONOMY

For expenditure by the Department for the Economy on economic development; 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); economic infrastructure in support of economic development including regulatory reform, mineral and petroleum licensing, geological research and safeguarding abandoned mines; sustainable energy, including energy efficiency measures; assistance to the gas and electricity industries; Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme; 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 industry; grant-in-aid to Northern Ireland Screen; development of tourism including grant-in-aid to the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Tourism Ireland Limited; grant-in-aid to the General Consumer Council for Northern Ireland and the Health and Safety Executive for Northern...

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