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New councils sail to victory for Translink Ulster in Bloom

16 March 2016

The winners of the 2015 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition were officially recognised today (March 16) at a special awards ceremony in Belfast Harbour Commissioner’s Office.

NILGA: POSITIVE OUTCOME £18+ MILLION COUNCIL RATES SUPPORT DEAL WELCOMED

28 January 2016

Local Government and ratepayers welcomed today’s announcement by Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan, to protecting the 2016/17 Rates Support Grant, invested by seven of the eleven councils in Northern Ireland. This is essential support to councils who have constrained rate raising potential, and contributes to essential services and strategic work delivered in each local area.

REGENERATION POWERS FOR COUNCILS “WILL HAPPEN” – MINISTER MORROW

28 January 2016

Social Development Minister, Lord Morrow, met a key delegation of the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) members and officials on the 26th January 2016.

ANTRIM AND NEWTOWNABBEY BOROUGH COUNCIL AWARDED CHARTER STATUS

26 January 2016

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council tonight (25th January 2016) received the prestigious Elected Member Development Charter award, a national standard of excellence gained by a small number of the UK’s 400+ local authorities. This represents clear recognition of the council’s sustained commitment to developing and supporting councillor learning and community participation.

NILGA CALLS FOR GREATER DEVOLUTION of POWERS & RESOURCES

19 January 2016

NILGA CALLS FOR MORE MOMENTUM IN PUBLIC SERVICE REFORMS COUPLED WITH GREATER DEVOLUTION of POWERS & RESOURCES TO THE 11 COUNCILS.

REGENERATION: DEVOLVE IT & RESOURCE IT, COUNCILS WILL DELIVER IT!

27 November 2015

The transfer of regeneration powers from the Department for Social Development (DSD) to local councils remains a fundamental part of local government reform. This significant function is a cornerstone of the urban regeneration and community investment functions devolved to the 11 councils. While we welcome the restructuring of Government Departments, councils still remain committed to receiving this power in order to best serve, support, develop and grow local communities.

£1.5M POLICING AND COMMUNITITY SAFETY PARTNERSHIP FUNDING REINSTATATED

19 November 2015

The Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) has welcomed the announcement by Justice Minister David Ford MLA of his Department’s reinstatement of £1.5m funding for Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (PCSPs).

NILGA - MICHELIN FACTORY CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT A MASSIVE BLOW FOR THE REGION

03 November 2015

Alderman Freda Donnelly, Chair of NILGA’s Economic Development & Investment Working Group expressed the Associations profound regret at Michelin’s announcement that it plans to close its Ballymena factory by 2018.

NILGA: £2.1 MILLION TOWARDS COUNCILS RATE SUPPORT GRANT “ESSENTIAL & WELCOMED”

22 October 2015

At Tuesday’s 20th October 2015 meeting of the central/local government Partnership Panel, Environment Minister Mark H Durkan announced that a large part of the Rate Support Grant payable to councils, which had been obliterated in cuts, will be restored.