Statement on the Department for the Economy’s budget allocation

16th May 2023

Commenting on the Department for the Economy’s budget allocation, Ann McGregor, Chief Executive, NI Chamber said:

“Confirmation of the budget allocation for the Department for the Economy lays bare the long-term economic challenges we face.

“From driving green growth to showcasing Northern Ireland as a place to work, visit and invest, this budget will impact upon every facet of our economy. It also risks exacerbating long-standing structural challenges, such as tackling the skills deficit.

“NI Chamber has consistently highlighted that this is not a one-off challenge. We urgently need an Executive restored to agree and implement its priorities at pace. But we also need a meaningful debate on how Northern Ireland is funded from Westminster to put us on a pathway to transformation.”