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  • Making Budget Submission

    1. 2. PRESENTATION <ul><li>Making a Budget Submission </li></ul>
    2. 3. <ul><li>Finding your way around the Budget in Northern Ireland </li></ul><ul><li>Combat Poverty Agency </li></ul><ul><li>NICVA </li></ul><ul><li>Comhairle </li></ul>
    3. 4. Introductions – about NICVA <ul><li>“ NICVA’s mission is to achieve progressive social change by tackling disadvantage through voluntary action and community development.  It is the representative body for the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland and has over 1,000 organisations in its membership .” </li></ul>
    4. 5. Introductions - what NICVA does … <ul><li>Governance and Charity advice - set up/operation of a group </li></ul><ul><li>Funding Advice - advice on project planning, funding and grant-makers </li></ul><ul><li>Policy - training, facilitation, lobbying and representation, raising profile of sector </li></ul><ul><li>Europe - NICVA houses Europe Direct and a European library </li></ul><ul><li>Research - knowledge about the sector for researchers, policy makers, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships - representing the sector on committees, fora and working groups </li></ul>
    5. 6. Introductions – housekeeping information <ul><li>Fire alarms </li></ul><ul><li>Emergency exits </li></ul><ul><li>Assembly area </li></ul><ul><li>Toilets </li></ul><ul><li>Timetable and break times </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile phones </li></ul>
    6. 7. Agenda for today <ul><li>10.30 Public Expenditure System in NI </li></ul><ul><li>11.30 Break </li></ul><ul><li>11.45 Making a budget submission </li></ul><ul><li>12.30 Lunch </li></ul><ul><li>1.30 Consultation on NI Budget and Programme for Government </li></ul><ul><li>4.00 Close </li></ul>
    7. 8. Structures in Department of Finance and Personnel Supply 3 Supply 2 Supply 1 Strategic Policy Division Rating Policy Division European Division Central Expenditure Division Accountability & Accountancy Services Division Account NI Central Finance Group
    8. 9. UK Public Expenditure Structure UK Public Expenditure System Funding Devolved Administrations Priorities and Budget Process Estimates Monitoring
    9. 10. UK Public Expenditure Structure Total Managed Expenditure (TME) Departmental Expenditure Limits (DEL) Annually Managed Expenditure (AME) Resource Budget Capital Budget Resource Budget Capital Budget
    10. 11. <ul><li>UK Government’s approach to public expenditure is underpinned by the setting of the Fiscal Rules and the Code for Fiscal Stability: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Golden Rule </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainability Investment Rule </li></ul></ul>HM Treasury Fiscal Rules
    11. 12. <ul><li>National Spending Review Process: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Replaced the annual Public Expenditure Surveys </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biennial reviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sets firm plans for 3 years ahead </li></ul></ul>UK Public Expenditure System
    12. 13. Spending Review Coverage 05/06 04/05 03/04 02/03 01/02 00/01 99/00 1998 Comprehensive Spending Review 06/07 07/08 Spending Review 2000 Spending Review 2002 Spending Review 2004 08/09 09/10 10/11 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review
    13. 14. <ul><li>Development of proposals </li></ul><ul><li>HM Treasury proposals considered by Cabinet Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Final decisions taken by Cabinet and announced by the Chancellor </li></ul>National Spending Review
    14. 15. Outcome of National Spending Review, The Chancellor announces: UK National Expenditure Resource and Capital DEL allocations to Whitehall departments Allocations for the Devolved Administrations – Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland (determined by the Barnett Formula)
    15. 16. Barnett Formula <ul><li>Unhypothecated consequentials ie spending in NI doesn’t have to mirror spend in England </li></ul><ul><li>Based on population </li></ul>
    16. 17. Advantages of Barnett <ul><li>Avoids negotiations with HMT </li></ul><ul><li>Can be spent according to local need </li></ul><ul><li>Transparent and simple </li></ul><ul><li>Same for all devolved administrations </li></ul>
    17. 18. Disadvantages of Barnett <ul><li>Too simplistic </li></ul><ul><li>Not based on need </li></ul><ul><li>Ignores regional disparities </li></ul>
    18. 19. Funding Sources for Devolved Functions in Northern Ireland
    19. 20. Priorities and Budget Process - Basis <ul><li>Basis of Public Expenditure system in Northern Ireland: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Good Friday Agreement </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Strand 1, paragraph 20 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>NI Act 1998 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sections 63 & 64 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Executive right of initiative </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    20. 21. Departments Expenditure: Current Expenditure 2006-07 and 2007-08
    21. 22. Departments Expenditure: Investment 2006-07 and 2007-08
    22. 23. In Year Monitoring <ul><li>Traditionally 4 monitoring rounds a year </li></ul><ul><li>Assess current and future expenditure plans against plans agreed in the Budget </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to surrender resources and bid for additional resources </li></ul><ul><li>Recycles spare resources to urgent and unforeseen problems </li></ul><ul><li>End of Year Flexibility (EYF) </li></ul>
    23. 24. Key Economic Policy Documents <ul><li>Economic Vision for Northern Ireland </li></ul><ul><li>Investment Strategy for Northern Ireland </li></ul><ul><li>Budget </li></ul><ul><li>Priorities and Budget </li></ul>
    24. 25. Summary UK Public Expenditure System Funding Devolved Administrations Priorities and Budget Process Estimates Monitoring
    25. 26. <ul><li>Budget Submission guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the submission short and simple, with an executive summary of one page. </li></ul><ul><li>Set out the following in clear and accessible language: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- What the issues are </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>-How they are manifesting themselves </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>-How they could be addressed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>-How much this would cost. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Backed up by evidence. </li></ul><ul><li>Aware of the constraints of the budget process. </li></ul>The Budget Submission
    26. 27. The Budget Submission <ul><li>There are a number of questions a group should consider before starting the budget submission process: </li></ul><ul><li>What does the group want to achieve by making a budget submission? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there other, more effective ways to achieve these objectives? </li></ul><ul><li>Are the resources in place? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there other groups who will be communicating the same message? How can you work with these groups? </li></ul>
    27. 28. Budget Submission <ul><li>Budget Submission guidelines (continued) </li></ul><ul><li>5) Show how it benefits wider public interest. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure the proposal fits with existing Government priorities and commitments. </li></ul><ul><li>Show how the proposal can assist the Government in bringing these policies to fruition. </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of what other groups in your field are seeking from the budget process and from the Government. </li></ul>
    28. 29. The Budget Submission <ul><li>The bottom line </li></ul><ul><li>Government is looking for ideas that are: </li></ul><ul><li>Innovative </li></ul><ul><li>Will address problems identified </li></ul><ul><li>Will help them realise their policies and commitments </li></ul><ul><li>Will not cost the earth </li></ul><ul><li>Will not damage them politically </li></ul><ul><li>Will be popular with the public. </li></ul>
    29. 30. The First Quarter: Researching the Submission <ul><li>January – March </li></ul><ul><li>The early months of the year should be used for </li></ul><ul><li>Discussing and planning the budget submission and the </li></ul><ul><li>accompanying campaign. </li></ul>
    30. 31. <ul><li>(a) Preliminary discussion questions </li></ul><ul><li>Do you want to become involved in the consultation process only? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you want to achieve from a budget submission? </li></ul><ul><li>What kind of campaign will be conducted? </li></ul><ul><li>Does your group have necessary resources? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there other policy or influencing spaces outside of the budget process? </li></ul>The First Quarter: Researching the Submission
    31. 32. The First Quarter: Researching the Submission <ul><li>(b) Research Phase </li></ul><ul><li>Begin building your case. </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct research into existing government policies and commitments. </li></ul><ul><li>Start networking. </li></ul><ul><li>Forge links with larger organisations. </li></ul><ul><li>Start making contacts with key civil servants in relevant departments. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify journalists and reporters. </li></ul>
    32. 33. The First Quarter: Researching the Submission <ul><li>(c) Consider the Spending Review </li></ul><ul><li>To what extent do the priorities in the three-year Spending Review reflect the needs of the region? </li></ul><ul><li>Do the allocations to Departments and programmes </li></ul><ul><li>properly reflect the priorities? </li></ul><ul><li>What reallocation of resources would be appropriate? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there key areas where spend is not effectively </li></ul><ul><li>utilised? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there emerging priorities which will need to be </li></ul><ul><li>factored in? </li></ul>
    33. 34. The Second Quarter: Finalising the Submission <ul><li>April – June </li></ul><ul><li>By April, a group should have a draft of their budget </li></ul><ul><li>Submission prepared, and a timetable for the campaign. </li></ul><ul><li>The draft should be circulated for comment among group </li></ul><ul><li>Members and other interested bodies. </li></ul><ul><li>The submission should be finalised by June as the pre- </li></ul><ul><li>Consultation phase is an important part of the annual </li></ul><ul><li>budget process. </li></ul>
    34. 35. The Third Quarter: Using the Submission <ul><li>July - September </li></ul><ul><li>Key Target audience for the submission: </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant civil servant in the department responsible </li></ul><ul><li>Advisors to the relevant Minister </li></ul><ul><li>MLAs </li></ul><ul><li>MPs </li></ul><ul><li>Local council members </li></ul><ul><li>Central party offices and their policy officers </li></ul>
    35. 36. The Third Quarter: Using the Submission <ul><li>Engaging the media: </li></ul><ul><li>It helps if you have a relationship already established with a journalist. </li></ul><ul><li>Be conscious of your launch date. Are there other planned launches or events that will overshadow your event? </li></ul><ul><li>What is interesting or new about what you have to say? The media won’t cover it unless it is newsworthy. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid being too aggressive. </li></ul>
    36. 37. The Final Quarter: Consultation on the Submission <ul><li>October - December </li></ul><ul><li>Meetings held around the region by the DFP. </li></ul><ul><li>Groups should still be in follow-up mode. </li></ul><ul><li>Link in once more with journalists for possible additional coverage. </li></ul>
    37. 38. Further information - contacts <ul><li>Lisa McElherron </li></ul><ul><li>NICVA Policy Development Manager </li></ul><ul><li>E-Mail: lisa.mcelherron@nicva.org </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: 028 9087 7777 </li></ul><ul><li>Jonny Currie </li></ul><ul><li>NICVA Policy Development Officer </li></ul><ul><li>Email: jonny.currie@nicva.org </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: 028 9087 7777 </li></ul><ul><li>Web Sites: www.nicva.org | www.communityni.org </li></ul>

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