Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Finance what measures he is taking to address issues in relation to Civil Service pay.
Minister of Finance: NICS pay awards in the past decade were determined in a challenging financial environment. The non-ring fenced Resource DEL block grant has reduced in real terms by £530 million from 2010-11. Affordability continues to be an important consideration in negotiating a pay award for 2019/20. I met with officials from the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance, on 22 January. I will be working closely with Departmental officials to progress and resolve the NICS 2019/20 pay award for all Civil Service staff as soon as possible.