“The SCA reiterates its previous concern that the budget allocation to the NIHRC is subject to the United Kingdom Government expenditure priorities, and that this has the potential to impact the NIHRC’s effectiveness and functional independence. 

The NIHRC informed the SCA that it has been engaging constructively with the UK Government on exploring new modalities of budget allocation that could allow for improved independence and effectiveness, which may require legislative change in order to be taken forward. 

The SCA therefore reiterates its previous recommendation that the NIHRC advocate for appropriate modifications to applicable administrative procedures to ensure that its functional independence and financial autonomy are guaranteed. 

The SCA refers to Paris Principle B.2 and to its General Observations 1.10 on ‘Adequate funding of NHRIs’ and 2.7 on ‘Administrative regulation of NHRIs’”