To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will make a decision, if required, on a Northern Ireland Budget for the financial year 2018–19; and what steps they intend to take to provide adequate consultation mechanisms.
To maintain effective public services in Northern Ireland, it is important that a balanced budget is able to be set for the 2018-19 financial year. That was highlighted by the Northern Ireland Civil Service’s briefing document on the 2018-19 Budget, published on 18 December 2017. That set out the important decisions that would be required to set a budget and sought views from the public by the end of the month about the approach that should be taken. We want to see that Budget taken forward by a restored Executive, taking the important decisions required in the interests of the whole community. We will work intensively in the coming weeks with that aim in mind.