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Coronavirus: Funding found for free school meals, health and the arts

By lulu99 • 2 weeks ago • 1019 views • 330 comments

Coronavirus: Funding found for free school meals, health and the arts



The money has been reallocated as part of a budgeting exercise known as a monitoring round.

Health got the largest reallocation with about £90m to be spent on elective care and mental health services.

The finance minister said the allocation would "provide vital funding vulnerable people and businesses".

Three business support grant schemes have been underspent by £53m.

Those funds will be held by the executive until ministers agree what the next stage of business support should be.

That holds out the prospect that some business and sectors who have so far received little help could get a grant.

However, it is likely to fuel criticism that the most recent scheme, for hardship grants was too difficult to access.



The Department of Infrastructure has been allocated an extra £35.5m, that includes £20m for Translink, £10m for other transport lost income and £5.5m for NI Water.



Northern Ireland's public transport operator has struggled during the Covid-19 crisis, with revenue falling.

Arts and sports funding

The money for free school meals was welcomed by Education Minister Peter Weir.

"These payments will help ensure that those children most in need do not go hungry during the summer months," he said.

"I am also pleased to announce the Education Authority's 'Eat Well Live Well' programme will be extended over July and August to provide for up to 5,000 young people.

"The programme has been running for a number of months and is currently providing healthy breakfasts and lunches to over 3,000 vulnerable young people."

The finance minister said there would also be additional help for children, aside from the school meals money.

'I have allocated £12m for a summer food scheme, £12m for summer activities and £10.5m for childcare," Conor Murphy said.

"Over £15m has been provided for the most vulnerable in society. This will help meet increased benefit delivery costs, assist vulnerable people to live independently and will provide support for the homeless.

"I am also allocating £20m for business start-ups and investment in tourist attractions. In addition I have allocated £4m to assist the arts sector and £2m for the sports sector."


By John Campbell

source-https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-northern-ireland-53228418


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