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Northern Ireland sets out 2016-17 budget

Northern Ireland's government has finalised its 2016-17 budget, the first to distribute money to the nine recently reorganised departments that will come into being next May.

The number of government departments in Northern Ireland is to be reduced from 12 to nine after the Northern Ireland Assembly elections in 2016.

This will see the Department of Employment and Learning’s portfolio—which includes universities and research funding—divided between the newly created Department for the Economy and the Department for Communities.

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