Taking into account the significant additional expenditure provided to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, in aggregate it is expected that gross voted expenditure will be more than €86 billion this year, an increase of approximately €16 billion on the level of expenditure set out in the Revised Estimates for Public Services 2020 published in December last year. There will be an ongoing requirement for a significant expenditure allocation to respond to COVID-19 next year across a number of areas in particular, Health, Schools, Further and Higher Education, and Social Protection. In addition, funding will need to be provided to address the potential impact of a disorderly Brexit. In this context, for core expenditure programmes, Budget 2021 will prioritise preserving and maintaining existing levels of service and delivering the increased resources for capital investment set out in the NDP. Additional crisis-related supports will be tailored to those sectors and workers who are most in need. As per the Programme for Government, sectoral priorities will be health, housing and climate change.