NICS Injury Benefits Scheme

Oral Answers to Questions — Finance – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:15 pm on 18th October 2021.

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Photo of Robbie Butler Robbie Butler UUP 3:15 pm, 18th October 2021

T4. Mr Butler asked the Minister of Finance whether he has had any discussions with the Minister of Justice about the Northern Ireland Civil Service injury benefits scheme. (AQT 1694/17-22)

Photo of Conor Murphy Conor Murphy Sinn Féin

We have been communicating with all Ministers, particularly those affected. The Minister of Justice will have some employees in her Department who will be affected by the outcome, so yes, we have been consulting all Executive colleagues about it.

Photo of Robbie Butler Robbie Butler UUP

I thank the Minister for his answer. Is the Minister confident that the provisions on permanent injuries in the generic Northern Ireland Civil Service policy fully and safely address the unique environment in which prison officers work?

Photo of Conor Murphy Conor Murphy Sinn Féin

We have to operate on the advice that we get. The advice that we get is that that is the case. I know that it has gone to the Committee as well. It will come to the scrutiny of the House, and, if people have a different argument to make, that is the place to make it. Of course, the policy and legislative proposal can be scrutinised as it goes through the Assembly. Certainly, the advice that I have received is that people are confident that it ensures ongoing protection for workers.