On 18 September 2023, the NI Fiscal Council held its first Annual Conference in Belfast, creating a space for conversations on NI's public finances.
Discussion centred around issues such as the NI financial settlement, the level of need, how well public money is spent, the role of revenue raising in making public finances and public services more sustainable as well as the link between public spending and economic growth.
Speakers included Sir Robert Chote, Professor Gerry Holtham, Professor Iain McLean, the Comptroller and Auditor General Dorinnia Carville, Jill Rutter from the Institute for Government, Neil Gibson, Permanent Secretary Department of Finance, and Scherie Nicol from the OECD.
The Council has published a short report outlining the key discussion points, stakeholder feedback and reflections of the Council. The report is available here, where you will also find the agenda, presentations delivered during the event and a short video.