NICS Outcomes Delivery Plan 2018/19. Too Long; Didn't Read

6 Jun 2018 Siobhan McAlister    Last updated: 8 Jun 2018

On Monday, (4 June) the NICS set out the actions that NI departments intend to take during 2018/19 to take forward the previously stated objectives of improving wellbeing for all by tackling disadvantage and promoting economic growth. 

  • The delivery plan starts of by calling for a devolved government with locally elected ministers taking decisions here. It notes that the delivery plans are constrained by a lack of devolved government here. It also reaffirms the current situation where civil servants cannot take certain decisions in relations to departmental functions. 
  • The delivery plan is underlined by the outcomes in the Programme for Government Framework that was developed by the previous Executive in 2016-2017 and states that it will demonstrate how the budget set by the Secretary of State is being used in 2018/19.
  • The delivery plan highlights that there is a strong focus on impact and it is less constrained by silo thinking and departmental structures. Members of the NICS who were previously appointed outcome owners, remain charged with leading engagement and collaboration across departments to deliver progress and co-ordinate work of senior staff.
  • There is also a local government dimension with each of the 11 councils delivering through partnership working and community plans that respond to the areas of their needs.
  • It notes that collaboration and co-design will continue in the 2018/19 plans and focus on testing how actions have been implemented.
  • If the current situation continues, there will be a full report published on the progress in delivering actions at mid-year and end-year points.

The full Outcomes Delivery Plan 2018/19 can be viewed here.

Outcomes, priorities and actions

Outcome 1: We prosper through a strong, competitive, regionally balanced economy.

Priorities:

  • Improve competitiveness
  • Increase innovation to drive productivity and economic growth
  • Job creation
  • Infrastructure: provision of physical and digital connectivity
  • Enhancing education, skills and employability
  • Inclusive, sustainable growth
  • Succeeding in global markets

Actions:

  • Develop a new innovation accreditation scheme
  • Support up to 400 companies to start to engage in innovation activities
  • At least six new small business research iniatives including one cross border
  • Fund and manage the six FE colleges to deliver > 350 projects through the InnovateUs programme
  • Promote 833 jobs through the Assured Skills programme and lead and manage Skills Focus programme
  • Use FE Sector to engage with over 6000 businesses to help them innovate and grow
  • Use the Local Works to develop a localised approach to employability
  • Increase the number of new businesses by Council area
  • Encourage increased entrepreneurial activity
  • Secure 1,750 - 2,600 new assisted jobs through our interventions with ‘Externally-Owned’ Companies
  • Support 17 - 25 Externally-Owned Companies that are ‘New to NI’ to invest in NI for the ‘First Time’.
  • Support 150 - 200 companies to enter a ‘New Market’ to exploit trade opportunities.
  • Deliver Business Development Value of £86m through InterTrade Ireland’s suite of programmes. 
  • Supporting companies to trade, export
  • Develop and publish a tourism strategy
  • Support participation in Horizon 2020
  • Invest in Higher Education (£3.96) and Universities (£2m)

Outcome 2: We live and work sustainably – protecting the environment

Key priorities:

  • Producing less waste
  • Reversing habitat and species decline, improving rivers and marine water quality
  • Cleaner air
  • Increased use of public transport and promote active travel
  • Reduce greenhouse gases

Actions:

  • Household recycling campaign initiatives
  • Food waste prevention and recycling awareness in schools
  • Improve local government recycling infrastructure and services
  • Implement knowledge Advisory Scheme for farming industry in NI
  • Develop 54 management plans for marine and terrestrial special areas of conservation
  • Implement the River Basin Management Plan
  • Extend natural gas network across NI- ‘Gas to the West Project’,
  • Increase journeys made by walking, cycling and public transport initiatives including Belfast Rapid Transport, Belfast Multi-Modal Transport Hub, greenways programme, local transport strategies.

Outcome 3: We have a more equal society

Key priorities:

  • Equality in health outcomes
  • Equality in educational outcomes
  • Reducing Poverty and its causes
  • Promoting Work and Wellbeing Programmes
  • Equality in economic outcomes

Actions:

  • Development of a “Healthy Places” programme.
  • Increase the scale and spread of the Self-Harm intervention programme.
  • Expand smoke-free public spaces.
  • Increase participation on the Family Nurse Partnership.
  • Deliver a range of actions to improve aspiration and ambitions for children, particularly for those who are most disadvantaged
  • Implement a parental engagement campaign aimed at developing parents’ role in education.
  • Reach 55,000 people through the Make the Call Wraparound Service
  • Provide assistance (approx.  £6bn in 2018/19) through social security benefit
  • Support people to participate in employability programmes i.e. ‘Local Works’ approach
  • Complete roll out of Universal Credit
  • Implement the Work and Wellbeing Service.
  • Increase the number of new businesses by Council area

Outcome 4: We enjoy long, healthy, active lives

Key Priorities:

  • Improve healthy life expectancy and reduce preventable deaths
  • Reduce health inequalities
  • Improve mental health
  • Improve the quality of the healthcare experience

Actions:

  • Support the development of the Health & Social Care elements of the Regional Mental Trauma Network
  • Healthy places programme
  • Increase number of patients in appropriate treatment and intervention programmes
  • Promote Active School Transport and use of public and active transport
  • Implement a food improvement programme
  • Develop a Quality Health and Social Care Experience Framework and capture feedback from patients/clients and identify best practice
  • Make the call Wraparound service- reach out to 55,000 people
  • Make each council area “Age Friendly
  • Reduce the length of time taken to complete major adaptations in social homes
  • Continue to educate public about road safety

Outcome 5: We are an innovative, creative society, where people can fulfil their potential

Key priorities:

  • Innovation in the Economy
  • Educational Outcomes
  • Internet Connectivity
  • Cultural participation
  • Increasing confidence

Actions:

  • Develop and introduce a new innovation accreditation scheme. 
  • Support and invest in innovation activity, especially for first time companies (£20m)
  • Invest in research and development (up to £260m) and develop new initiatives for sharing knowledge and best practice across sectors (Govcampconnect)
  • Support growth of new and emerging tech
  • Run a Tourism NI Immersive Technologies scheme.
  • Roll out Uniting Communities through Sport and Creativity in at least three urban villages and three rural areas
  • Deliver more opportunities to participate in and enjoy physical activity and sport (particular emphasis on women and those with disabilities or learning and sensory impairments).
  • Deliver the Libraries NI Digital Literacy Project (focus on those from deprived areas, rural areas, people with disabilities and older people).
  • Produce an initial system evaluation framework for (statutory) education.
  • Improve access to broadband (30Mbps) using Confidence and Supply money.
  • Progress development of a Digital Infrastructure Strategy for NI.

Outcome 6: We have more people working in better jobs

Focus on a holistic approach to skills pipeline through a solid educational foundation, key core skills from early years and universities that will equip students with skills and attributes for our local industries.

Key priorities:

  • Job creation
  • Economic inactivity
  • Employability and skills
  • Regional balance
  • Graduate employment

Actions:

  • Increase the number of graduates with qualifications in STEM and STEAM areas.
  • 40% of regulated enrolments in FE colleges will come from the two most deprived quintiles.
  • Implement the Apprenticeships and Youth Training Strategies Implementation programme
  • Deliver the Careers Strategy ‘Preparing for Success 2015-2020’ action plan
  • Successful roll-out of Phase 1 of the Peace4Youth programme
  • Use ESF programme to assist those into employment, education or training
  • Use Local Works programme to develop a localised approach to employability
  • Complete the roll out of Universal Credit.
  • Offer of Health and Work Conversation
  • Support people with health conditions and/or disabilities through employability programmes
  • Total Assisted Jobs
  • Investment in training and skills development from private sector (£32m/annum)

Outcome 7: We have a safe community where we respect the law, and each other

A problem-solving justice approach to tackle the underlying factors contributing to offending

Priorities:

  • Reducing crime including tackling paramilitarism
  • Reducing reoffending
  • Improving the efficiency of the justice system
  • Promoting reconciliation and respect- focus on young people, shared education campuses, shared housing schemes and removing interface barriers)

Actions:

  • Deliver a range of Problem Solving Justice initiatives
  • Deliver the 2018/19 commitments within the Tackling Paramilitarism Action Plan
  • Cross governmental working to develop new approaches to dealing with harm and vulnerability
  • Scoping exercise to explore development of a joint multi-purpose Care and Justice Campus.
  • Develop a strategic approach, actions and activities to support ex-offenders into employment.
  • Improve health within prison
  • Embed the Indictable Cases Process (ICP).
  • Extend the rollout of proportionate forensic reporting to cybercrime cases
  • Publish performance data on the speed of the justice system.
  • Deliver the T: BUC strategy
  • Progress the PEACE IV programme
  • Implement actions under the Racial Equality strategy.

Outcome 8: We care for others and we help those in need

Priorities:

  • Reducing poverty and its causes
  • Promoting Work and Wellbeing Programmes
  • Supporting People to live independently
  • Improving access to suitable housing
  • Improve the quality of life for older people
  • Improve the quality of life for people with disabilities
  • Improving Mental health

Actions:

  • Reach 55,000 people through the Make the Call Wraparound Service
  • Provide assistance through social security benefits (approx.  £6bn in 2018/19)
  • Support people into work via employability programmes
  • Invest funding of approx. £10m to deliver a Child Maintenance Service
  • Invest £147m in housing
  • Support 2,000 active registered athletes with learning disabilities and sensory impairments participate in 15 different sports in the Special Olympics Ireland Games (June 2018) and the World Games (March 2019)
  • Increase opportunities for participation in sport and physical activity
  • Invest approximately £200k to support and develop BSL and ISL
  • Support the development of the Health & Social Care elements of the Regional Mental Trauma Network
  • Deliver the Northern Ireland Concessionary Fares Scheme (public transport)

Outcome 9: We are a shared, welcoming and confident society that respects diversity

Priorities:

  • Increasing Respect & Shared Spaces; and Promoting Reconciliation and Good Relations
  • Increasing Confidence through community led, team-based activities such as sport and digital tech.
  • Quality of Life for People with Disabilities

Actions:

  • Deliver the T: BUC strategy
  • Support ambitious initiatives to build capacity in communities most affected by paramilitary influence and control
  • Deliver actions under the PEACE IV programme
  • Implement actions under the Racial Equality Strategy
  • Deliver 14 Public Realm Environmental Improvement and Revitalisation Schemes
  • Invest funding of approx.  £21.5m to support a range of neighbourhood renewal projects in 36 areas. 
  • Increased participation in sport and physical activity
  • Invest approximately £200k to support and develop BSL and ISL

Outcome 10: We have created a place where people want to live and work, to visit and invest

Priorities:

  • Attractive employment opportunities
  • Respect for diversity
  • Attractiveness to visitors
  • International reputation
  • Reduced crime

Actions:

  • Deliver the T: BUC strategy
  • Progress the PEACE IV programme
  • Implement actions under the Racial Equality strategy
  • Deliver the International Relations Strategy
  • International and tactical Marketing campaigns
  • Host events of scale (2019 Open Championship)
  • Provide a programme of activities to attract visitors to NI heritage sites.
  • Deliver a business ambassador programme.
  • Secure new Total Assisted Jobs
  • Encourage increased entrepreneurial activity with the aim of increasing business start-ups

Outcome 11: We connect people and opportunities through our infrastructure

Priorities:

  • Improving journey times on key economic corridors
  • Increasing usage of public transport and active travel
  • Extending superfast broadband availability
  • Enhanced uptake of public services through electronic means
  • Enhanced provision of water and wastewater services
  • Improving access to suitable housing

Actions:

  • Reducing the gap between the number of houses we need and the number of houses we have
  • Reducing journey times on our key economic corridors by progressing the delivery of major road schemes including flagship projects
  • Increase journeys made by walking, cycling and public transport
  • Increase usage of online public service
  • Increase access to 30 Mbps Broadband
  • Improve water and wastewater services

Outcome 12: We give our children and young people the best start in life

Priorities:

  • Health in pregnancy
  • Early child development
  • Learning- qualifications for young people
  • Help for those with complex issues
  • Children and young people in care

Actions:

  • Provide targeted support for pregnant women identified as being at risk
  • Increase participation on the Family Nurse Partnership.
  • By March 2020, recruit up to 50 new specialist foster carers across all five Health and Social Care Trusts
  • By March 2020, design and deliver bespoke leadership training for team leaders and service managers in the residential care workforce
  • By March 2019, we will trial in the NHSCT area a different housing offer for 16/17-year olds when they present as homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless.
  • By March 2019, a peripatetic support team will be established in each HSCT to support children mainly in residential care
  • By March 2019, trial a new Family Drug and Alcohol Court in the Newry Court / South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust area
  • By March 2020, train circa 2,500 social workers in the Signs of Safety approach across all five Health and Social Care Trusts.
  • Produce an initial system evaluation framework for (statutory) education.
  • Continue to deliver a range of actions and interventions aimed at improving the life choices of children and young people
  • Implement a parental engagement campaign aimed at developing parents’ role in education.
  • Provide for every child, whose parents want it, access to a funded place in the Pre-school Education programme in their immediate preschool year.
  • Encouraging and supporting parents to understand their role as first and ongoing educators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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by Siobhan McAlister

Policy Development Officer

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