All Party Group on the Voluntary and Community Sector

20 Jul 2011     Last updated: 8 Oct 2014

The All Party Group on the Voluntary and Community Sector provides a forum for MLAs from different parties to meet in order to consider and discuss shared interests in particular subjects.

All Party Groups are not formal Assembly groups. They do not have any of the powers of an Assembly Committee nor do they have any formal role in policy development. They must have cross party representation and the aim of the All Party Group on the Voluntary and Community Sector is to ensure the issues affecting voluntary and community organisations are recognised and discussed throughout the workings of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The All Party Group on the Voluntary and Community Sector held its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 14 June in order to elect officer bearers and decide on discussion topics for future meetings.

The new office bearers elected are:

Chair            Roy Beggs MLA

Vice Chair     Jonathan Craig MLA

Secretary      Mark H Durkan MLA

Treasurer      Chris Lyttle MLA     

It will meet four times a year to ensure that the ongoing relationship between government and the voluntary and community sector remains a priority for the Executive, with NICVA acting as secretariat.

Previous meetings have highlighted issues such as volunteering, Green New Deal, the impact of public expenditure cuts and the Concordat on relationships between government and the voluntary and community sector.

Potential topics for discussion in the upcoming year include the Northern Ireland Audit Office report on “Creating Effective Partnerships between Government and the Voluntary and Community Sector” and its implementation, the impact of welfare reform and the possibility of the introduction of PEACE IV.

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