Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland budget cut by 2% in spending review

Northern Ireland's proposed resource budget for 2015/16 has been cut by 2% in the Spending Review.

Health and education form a large part of spending so the total budget has emerged relatively unscathed.

Chancellor George Osborne announced the end of automatic progression pay for civil servants and moves to end it for teachers, prison staff and police.

That means most public sector workers will no longer receive annual length of service pay increases.

He also announced a cap on pay increases for 2015/16 of 1%.