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Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Northern Ireland

Question for Treasury

UIN 27613, tabled on 29 June 2022

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will allocate additional funds through the Barnett Credentials to Northern Ireland to help local health departments in that country support women and girls with (a) endometriosis and (b) polycystic ovary syndrome.

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6 July 2022

The Barnett formula provides the devolved administrations with a population share of changes in comparable spending by UK Government departments, as set out in the Statement of Funding Policy.

Barnett consequentials are not ringfenced for specific policy areas. Responsibility for health and social care is devolved to the Northern Ireland Executive. It is for the devolved administrations to decide how to allocate their funding across their devolved responsibilities.

The 2021 Spending Review settlements were the largest since devolution. The Northern Ireland Executive is receiving an average of £1.6 billion per year through the Barnett formula on top of its £13.4 billion annual baseline.

Over the Spending Review 2021 period the UK Government is providing the Northern Ireland Executive with 21% more funding per person than equivalent UK Government spending in the rest of the UK.

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