£10m for special education needs in £40m announcement by Finance Minister

Finance Minister Conor Murphy has announced £10m for special education needs among allocations of over £40m in the January monitoring round process.

The method, in which departments can return unspent money to be redistributed, will see money also go towards blood contamination payments and the compensation process for historic institutional abuse victims.

Speaking in the Assembly on Monday, Minister Murphy said: “With the end of the financial year fast approaching we have a short window to spend reallocations. I have therefore moved quickly to agree this monitoring round with Executive colleagues.

“I have allocated £10 million for children with Special Education Needs to help address the backlog in assessment and diagnosis, and cover costs such as transport and educational support.

“I have provided £1m for people affected by the contaminated blood scandal to help alleviate the financial hardship experienced by many of those affected.

“I have also awarded £1.1m to help take forward the recommendations of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry.”

Other allocations include:

  • £19m for the Education Authority to meet existing contractual pay costs for teachers and for other non-teaching staff in 2019-20

  • £4m for Further Education Colleges

  • £2.8m towards street lighting and winter services such as gritting

  • £2m for the Belfast Transport Hub

  • £1.1m to the Assembly for the increased costs associated with a fully operational Assembly and Executive