Northern Ireland

NI Executive 'close to agreeing budget'

There are strong indications that the Executive is close to agreeing a budget.

It could come as early as Tuesday, with the Assembly debating the proposed financial plan on Wednesday.

It requires agreement between the DUP and Sinn Fein on issues, including not just where savings will be made, but how more money might be raised.

The First and Deputy First Ministers are in the Isle of Man attending a British Irish Council meeting.

Stormont is the last devolved administration to agree a budget.