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Local Government Reform Programme

Part of Ministerial Statement – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 4:45 pm on 20th October 2009.

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Photo of Roy Beggs Roy Beggs UUP 4:45 pm, 20th October 2009

Does the Minister acknowledge that the devolution of planning to local government will be crucial in enabling new councils to have a key local relevance? I am thinking about local planning decisions, local area plans and the development of community planning, and so forth. Will those roles be devolved by 2011? Given the decision not to have shadow councils, how will new councillors be trained in preparation for their first day when they will have to make such decisions?