Stormont’s finance minister has joined his Welsh and Scottish counterparts in repeating a call for increased spending powers for the devolved nations.
Conor Murphy told the assembly “more fiscal flexibility” was needed to manage the impact of Covid-19.
The minister expressed concerns about the autumn budget being cancelled and lack of clarity for an upcoming UK Spending Review.
Mr Murphy said it was “making it impossible” for Stormont to plan.
He and the Welsh and Scottish finance ministers have collectively asked the British government for “urgent clarity” about the timing and scope of the next Spending Review.
“They’re experiencing exactly the same problem in giving budget certainty to their own institutions,” said Mr Murphy.
This is not the first time that the three ministers have collectively called for more flexibility with spending powers.
Mr Murphy said if the executive wanted to respond effectively to the ongoing