UK to set N.Ireland budget in absence of devolved government

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Chris Heaton-Harris walks outside Number 10 Downing Street, on the day of a cabinet meeting, in London, Britain, October 26, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government said on Thursday it would set the 2022/23 budget for Northern Ireland in the absence of a functioning devolved government there. “We recognise the public in Northern Ireland must be protected in future by bringing the public finances under control so it is with significant regret that I am now setting a Northern Ireland Budget,” the British government’s Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris said in a statement.