Shrinking third sector a potential significant concern for NI economy

The latest Ulster Bank and CO3 3rd Sector Index is out today and it suggests that Northern Ireland’s third sector will shrink over the next three years.


The index shows that most third sector leaders (57%) expect the sector to shrink over the next three years, as funding and other pressures continue to impact on it. Continue reading

Chief Economist’s Weekly Brief – On borrowed time


Two deficits of two very different kinds hit the headlines over the last two weeks, the budget deficit and the current account deficit. The former is shrinking slower than was planned, the latter is widening. Together they imply that the UK is increasingly reliant on foreigners to fund our standard of living. Maintaining the outside world’s confidence is therefore crucial for the stability of the UK economy.  Continue reading