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Northern Ireland ‘Programme for Government’

If it happens in Northern Ireland then it matters to the United Kingdom. If we don’t consider this part of the UK, we can never truly say that we are UK payroll, pension and HR professionals

Ian     Holloway
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If it happens in Northern Ireland then it matters to the United Kingdom. If we don’t consider this part of the UK, we can never truly say that we are UK payroll, pension and HR professionals.

 

In May 2016, the Northern Ireland Executive agreed a draft Programme for Government. Essentially, this outlined the political framework that will set the direction of the executive for the five-year period to 2021. The draft programme adopted an “outcome-based” approach that set 14 desired outcomes, all for the purpose of “improving wellbeing for all – by tackling disadvantage, and driving economic growth”. Fourteen outcomes will be measured by 42 change indicators to ensure they are actually achieved.

 

The draft was open for public consultation until 22 July 2016, receiving 810 responses. This in itself is interesting – just look at the UK organisations that should have responded but did not respond. The responses to the consultation and a host of other information is available on the executive’s website. Look out for another consultation on the final Programme for Government soon.

 

The workings of governing the country seem to work differently in Northern Ireland. It is a slower and more collaborative effort and this is refreshing to see. The result of this way of working will, hopefully, see a final and adopted programme that has the consensus of a wide range of group, public and business opinion.

 

The final Programme for Government does matter to UK professionals.

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