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

Brexit Extension 2.0 & General Election 2019

So the 31st October has come and gone, and the UK still has not left the EU. 

Public Affairs Team Autumn Update

A busy few months for the Policy and Public Affairs team. See some of our updates below.

Joint Forum meets to discuss Bureaucracy, Brexit, Community Planning & PfG

The third Joint Forum meeting of 2019 took place on 17 October at NICVA. 

NICVA's Conversation Zone at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis

NICVA's Conversation Zone returns to the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis on 16 November at the Millennium Forum in Derry.

What's in the NI Environment Strategy Consultation?

In September, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) launched a consultation seeking views on Northern Ireland's first environment strategy.

Advice for Brexit Preparation

With only a matter of weeks until the 31 October there is still huge uncertainty about whether the UK will leave the EU with or without a deal. 

Ten ways to engage with Belfast City Council

NICVA’s Public Affairs Forum recently held a session with representatives from Belfast City Council and NILGA to learn more about how our sector can best engage with the Council. Below are some useful tips for engaging.

Brexit Updates and #NoToNoDeal

These really are extraordinary times in UK politics as Brexit continues to bolster confusion, chaos and the possibility of another General Election.

Joint Forum Meeting October 2019

A meeting of the Joint Forum will take place on 17 October 2019 at NICVA.

Brexit Update: New Prime Minster, same old problems?

Mid-summer is usually a time when things begin to quieten down for the UK parliament as politicians go off on summer recess until September.

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Geoff Nuttall

Head of Policy and Public Affairs

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