Almost £20m reallocated to help pay teachers’ wages

Almost £20m reallocated to help pay teachers' wagesStormont ministers have reallocated almost £20 million to under-pressure education authorities to help them pay teachers’ wages.

The executive has also agreed to provide £1 million to increase support payments for people in Northern Ireland impacted by the infected blood scandal.

Around £1 million will also be spent implementing the recommendations of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry, which included redress payments, a public apology to victims and a memorial at Stormont.

Almost £3 million will be used to improve street lighting and fund winter services such as gritting, while another £2 million will be invested in the new Belfast Transport Hub.

More than half of the £41 million being reallocated among departments as part of the in-year budget monitoring round will go towards education provision.