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NEW LOCAL GOVERNMENT - DRIVING LOCALECONOMIES AND STRENGTHENING DEMOCRACY

05 June 2015

Alderman Carla Lockhart, appointed YOUNGEST EVER NILGA President, for 2015/16. The Democratic Unionist Party’s (DUP) Alderman Carla Lockhart has been appointed President of NILGA, at the Association’s AGM on Friday 5th June 2015 in Downshire Civic Centre, Downpatrick.

UK council leaders unite in devolution call

28 April 2015

Councils in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have united to demand "urgent action" by whoever forms the next government to set out how powers will be devolved to local communities in its first Queen's Speech.

DAY ONE: NEW COUNCILS LOOK TO A REFORMED ASSEMBLY, REAL PARTNERSHIP & LOCAL GROWTH

01 April 2015

Today (1st April 2015) the new 11 councils are open for business. The councils, which have been operating in “Shadow” form since May last year, will undertake some functions transferring from central government, including Planning, Off-Street car parking and, from April 2016, Urban Regeneration and Community Development. They will also have new functions, the most notable being Community Planning, through which councils will engage with statutory and local partners, and their local communities to improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of their districts.

TRANSLINK ULSTER IN BLOOM AWARDS PRESENTATION

24 March 2015

The winners of the 2014 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition were officially recognised today (24th March 2015) at a special awards ceremony in Malone House, Belfast. 2014 marked the 36th year of the Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition which is co-ordinated by the Northern Ireland Local Government Association.

DSD BUDGETARY TRANSFERS Too little - but not too late to take a stand - NILGA

19 March 2015

Our incoming councils commence in 12 days time without the budget and responsibility from DSD for regeneration. Due to delays in the Northern Ireland Executive’s clearance of the relevant legislation, important urban regeneration and community development functions will not now transfer until 1 April 2016.

A NEW PROGRAMME FOR GOVERNMENT: WORLD CLASS COUNCILS SUSTAINING OUR COMMUNITIES

02 March 2015

11 new Councils are in the midst of historic Annual General Meetings, determining new Mayors and Chairs together with many positions of responsibility. Councils have also recently struck their first District Rate, and have been prudent in doing do, keeping value for money for ratepayers the top priority.

ENTREPRENEURS DRIVING GROWTH in Northern Ireland – with new “Can Do” Councils

12 February 2015

EUROPEAN ENTREPRENEURIAL REGION (EER) AWARD 2015. Today in Lisburn, the first key event of the Northern Ireland European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) 2015 campaign took place. With a key focus on supporting the growth and development of our small and medium-sized enterprises, the event brought together a range of industry experts to share their experiences with around 100 delegates.

RATES RELIEF WHERE IT’S NEEDED MOST - NEW COUNCILS £30 MILLION RATE SCHEME

21 November 2014

The Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) has welcomed the announcement by Finance Minister Simon Hamilton MLA of the final District Rate Convergence scheme for the new 11 councils.

NILGA WELCOMES COMMISSIONER’S SUPPORT FOR NEW NORTHERN IRELAND TASK FORCE

18 November 2014

Alderman Arnold Hatch, NILGA Vice-President and UK Delegate, Committee of the Regions (CoR) European Conservatives and Reformists Group spoke following the European Parliament meeting which debated support for the Northern Ireland peace process on the 12th November 2014.