Northern Ireland

NI budget: Arlene Foster introduces new budget bill in assembly

Arlene Foster
Image caption Arlene Foster introduced the bill on Tuesday

The Finance Minister Arlene Foster has introduced the Budget Number 2 Bill to the Northern Ireland Assembly chamber.

The first stage of the bill is a brief procedure lasting no more than a couple of minutes.

The bill will be debated and put to a vote when on it reaches its second stage on Monday next week.

It has been described as a fantasy or phantom budget as it presupposes the parties will be able to resolve their differences over welfare reform.

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