Revised Budget estimates see €41m in extra Government spending

Wednesday 18 December 2013 17.45
The main change is an extra €47m allocated to the HSE budget for 2014
The main change is an extra €47m allocated to the HSE budget for 2014

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has published a revised book of estimates of departmental spending for 2014, showing a marginal increase of €41 million compared with the estimates published on Budget day.

The revisions reflect changes in voted spending that have arisen since Budget 2014 was announced.  

Overall, gross spending has been increased by €41 million, to a total of €52.9 billion. 

The revised sum represents a reduction of €1.9 billion (3.4%) compared with the spending estimate for 2013.

The main change is an extra €47 million allocated to current spending in the HSE.

The Department of Justice has been allocated an extra €24 million, €23 million of which is for payments to Magdalene Laundry survivors.

The Department of Transport has been allocated an additional €3.4 million to cover the costs of a voluntary redundancy scheme to be introduced by Fáilte Ireland.  

Total capital expenditure allocations have increased by just over €4.5 million since Budget day. 

Other increases include €1 million for the Arts Council, €1.5 million for the Department of An Taoiseach for the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs and the secondment of national experts to the EU, and €1.3 million to the Department of Environment for "a community redundancy scheme".

Other departments have seen allocations cut to compensate for part of the increase, notably a reduction of €46 million in the budget of the Department of Social Protection, to reflect expected savings from father falls in the numbers signing on the live register.

The Department of Public Expenditure said it also expects to increase other income across departments so that the net voted expenditure is estimated to be €5 million lower than the Budget day estimate.

It says "all other pressures must be met through re-prioritisation within the existing published ceilings".
 
The revised estimates also provide for the transfer of €543 million in total gross expenditure from the HSE to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in the context of the establishment of the Child and Family Agency.  

This involves the transfer of child and family services in the HSE to the new agency from 1 January 2014 under the aegis of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. 

A budget provision of €537 million current and €6.8 million capital will transfer from the HSE to the new agency. 

The final allocation for the agency will also include the budgets of the Family Support Agency and the National Educational Welfare Board.

A sum of €132.6 million in capital savings from 2013 is available for spending in 2014 under the multi-annual capital envelopes carry over facility.