Category Archives: Economy

Saving money by planning ahead

Scottish Futures Trust’s Barry White is tasked with saving taxpayers’ money while making sure the country’s infrastructure is fit for purpose. The next five years are going to be “incredibly tough,” says...

Fantasy budgets and welfare dreams

Victor Hewitt explains the finances of welfare and the consequences for public expenditure in Northern Ireland. Students of our public finances (there’s another one out there somewhere) are experiencing a sort of...

Brexit: the local economic impact

Peter Cheney examines Northern Ireland’s economic interests in the EU debate. £3 billion is the most straightforward number for putting a value on Northern Ireland’s relationship with the EU. That’s the amount earned...

Budget

The first Conservative Budget for 19 years was delivered by George Osborne. Colm Heatley looks at the impact on Northern Ireland and measures the local political reaction. While George Osborne only made...

Made in the Borough

The new Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council holds a major economic conference to celebrate local business people and their quality products and services. The Borough is open for business was...

Northern Ireland at work

agendaNi analyses the latest figures for employment and self-employment in the region, including profiles for each of the 11 new council districts. The Census of Employment is the most reliable guide to...

Can we cope with cuts?

In a challenging forecast, the Ulster University Economic Policy Centre’s Neil Gibson warns that Northern Ireland’s policy-makers must take a realistic view of spending cuts and corporation tax as a game-changer as...