Local Government

22 January 2024

Planning in Northern Ireland – will things improve?

Anyone involved in planning in Northern Ireland will be painfully aware that our defunct planning system is the biggest barrier to investment here. Reform of planning is one of the areas where political parties, the business community and those who have been through the process will agree upon.

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09 March 2023

So You Want to be a Councillor?

50:50 NI and Stratagem are on a mission to get more women into elected politics. Last year we launched a training programme that aims to give women the skills, knowledge and experience to run for elected office.

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08 April 2021

The Route to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund: Is it the Way Forward?

When the UK left the European Union, it left behind access to EU structural funding beyond 2020. Locally this is a loss of around £600 million per year. In the last few weeks, the UK Government launched its response - the UK Community Renewal Fund—a one-year pilot of distributing £220 million and which is meant to inform the design of the much-heralded UK Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF).

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