The Executive has agreed further allocations of almost £300 million to tackle Covid-19.
This in addition to the £634.8 million already allocated bringing the total funding for the emergency Covid-19 response to £933 million.
- £150 million has been set aside to purchase Personal Protection Equipment for healthcare workers and other frontline workers.
- £65 million has been allocated to the Department of Health to help the fight against Covid-19.
- £15.3 million has been provided to support the most vulnerable in society. This funds a weekly food box service for over 10,000 people, grants for older people, support for the homeless. The Executive has agreed an additional £10 million for further interventions to support vulnerable members of our society.
- £12 million has been provided for Emergency Childcare provision for key workers. Plus an additional £0.4 million to enable the Youth Service to support the Department for Communities to provide food for vulnerable young people.
- £4 million has also been allocated to the PSNI to maintain critical services during Covid-19.”
A breakdown of the £634.8 million already allocated is as follows:
- Department for Communities – Discretionary Support - £5 million.
- Department for Economy – Small Business Grant (£10k for business eligible for Small Business Rate Relief) – benefiting 27,000 businesses - £270 million. Hospitality, Tourism and Retail Sectors Grant (£25k for business with a rateable value between £15k and £51k) - £100 million.
- Department of Education – Direct payment to families of 97,000 children who are entitled to free school meals – £18.9 million
- Department of Finance – Business Rates Holiday (3 months) – £99 million.
- Department of Health – Includes but not restricted to: mobilising the health and social care response, including additional staffing, ramping up of testing, and securing essential personal protection and other equipment; and providing much needed support for primary and community care sectors and suspension of car parking charges for staff – £140 million.
- Department of Justice – Additional resources have been provided to the Prison Service to meet the challenges due to COVID-19 – £1.9 million.