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Executive seeks ‘Productive Partnership’ with Local Government

23 February, 2012 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Junior Minister Martina Anderson MLA gave a landmark speech today at the NILGA Annual Conference in Templepatrick

Continuing the Executive’s recent theme of focusing on delivery through the new Programme for Government (PfG), Minister Anderson issued a rallying cry to District Councils to play their part in building a better future.

Junior Minister Anderson said: “You will have seen, in the draft PfG, a number of measures we are proposing to take to enhance the capacity of local government to perform its invaluable role. As importantly, you will have seen the commitment running through the PfG to working in partnership across the public, private, community and voluntary sectors in ways that deliver tangible outcomes.

“We in the Executive will be looking to our colleagues in local government to make a common cause with us in pursuit of our shared goals.”

Junior Minister Anderson also made reference to the role of Local Government Reform in more efficient and effective delivery of services.

She said: “We have committed to the establishment of the 11 Council model in Local Government by 2015.

“An inclusive and integrated approach to local government reform will be necessary to ensure its success. Central to the approach that we will take is the provision of high quality, effective and efficient services that respond to the needs of citizens and improve over time.”

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