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Response to Consultation on NI Programme for Government Framework

In 2016, the NI Executive adopted a new approach to planning the Programme for Government. The Executive expressed a desire to work alongside councils, the voluntary sector, communities and business to tackle the challenges we face as a society. 

Response to Discussion Document on a Northern Ireland Climate Change Bill

In 2013, the Environment Minister initiated a process of inviting views on the need for climate change legislation for Northern Ireland. The process moved to a second stage in late 2015 when the Department published a formal discussion paper on the same subject, seeking opinions on its newest proposals. 

Response to Consultation on Community Planning Guidance

In 2015, community planning became a major new responsibility for local councils under the Local Government Act (2015). The Department for Communities published a consultation on draft statutory guidance for the operation of community planning.