Northern Ireland

Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

Image caption The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure is responsible for sport in NI

Budget for 2010/11: Recurrent spending £113.3m Capital spending £60m

Projections for the next four years: The budget projects that by 2014/15 recurrent departmental spending will fall by about 9%.

The department's capital investment budget will increase in cash terms to £86m in 2014/15.

Possible impact: DCAL has a number of responsibilites including funding of sport, libraries, museums and the arts.

The cut in the department's day-to-day spending is one of the most severe announced in the budget.

However, it had been expected within the department with a DCAL civil servant telling a Stormont committee in the autumn that job losses were inevitable because of the cuts.

The minister responsible, Nelson McCausland, has identified priorities for ringfencing within his department including the Ulster-Scots Academy, an IT project for libraries, and the World Police and Fire Games, due to held in Northern Ireland in 2013.