Policy & Public Affairs

NICVA’s Policy and Public Affairs Team provides a range of services to inform you about policy issues affecting your work, and provide you with the skills and opportunities to engage with policymakers

As well as providing information, skills, and opportunities to engage directly with policymakers and influence policy, the Policy and Public Affairs Team also directly represents the sector’s interests on a wide range of external forums and groups. In addition, our team includes NICVA’s research function, which undertakes ongoing research to increase understanding of the sector, its views, and its value to society.  We also offer  advice on undertaking research, and work with our universities and other research bodies to encourage research partnerships with our sector.

As part of our work we offer the opportunity to join meetings and events held by our Public Affairs Forum which provides regular opportunities for those working in policy and public affairs to come together and exchange knowledge with others in the sector, and a space to meet invited policymakers and influencers.  In addition, those interested in particular policy areas, can join our Departmental Monitoring Group mailing lists.

We regularly consult our members and the wider sector to gather your thoughts on what issues need to be lobbied on or brought to the attention of policy and decision makers. This consultation has enabled us to develop our Policy Manifesto and our ongoing consultations and seminars help ensure that your views, concerns and proposals on specific current issues are reflected and represented to policymakers.

Updates

Ad Hoc Committee on a Bill of Rights to commence stakeholder consultation events

Following their recent Call for Evidence, the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Ad Hoc Committee on a Bill of Rights has launched a series of stakeholder events.

Budget 2021

Following a year of unprecedented challenges and economic uncertainty, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak MP, yesterday announced the new budget for the UK.

The 2021-22 Budget - Less for the Same or More for What Works?

The draft NI Public Budget for 2021-22 and a number of departmental budget proposals are out for consultation.  Will this result in less money for the same things or more for what is needed and what works? 

Draft PfG Outcomes Framework Engagement Event - An overview

On February 12th NICVA hosted a consultation event with the Executive Office examining the draft Programme for Government Outcomes framework.

Green Recovery Fund Campaign by RSPB

The RSPB have launched a campaign asking Finance Minister Conor Murphy to establish a Green Recovery Fund for Northern Ireland within the proposed budget.

Latest on Department for Communities Budget

Read here how the current proposals for the Department for Communities budget if implemented could leave major funding shortfalls in wide range of areas 

NICVA's Manifesto for Change - Unlocking the Full Potential of Voluntary and Community Action in NI

NICVA is seeking sector feedback on our Manifesto for Change which sets out how government can work with the sector to unlock the full potential of community and voluntary action in Northern Ireland. 

Rehabilitation of Offenders – Consultation

DoJ has launched a consultation on proposals to reform rehabilitation periods in Northern Ireland.  

What would a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland look like? An information webinar

An ad hoc committee examining a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland has recently been set up by the Northern Ireland Assembly. The committee is currently carrying out a programme of consultation.

Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman: An information webinar

On Tuesday 12th January 2021, NICVA was joined by the new Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman, Margaret Kelly for an information webinar.

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Geoff Nuttall

Head of Policy and Public Affairs

Team

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