Programme for Government

The Programme for Government is the highest level strategic document of the Executive – setting out the priorities that it will pursue in the current Assembly mandate, and the most significant actions it will take to address them.

You can access the Programme for Government consultation document via the link below. This consultation closed on 23 December 2016. The Programme for Government Equality Impact Assessment consultation document can also be accessed via the link below. This consultation closed on 27 January 2017.

Overview of the Draft Programme for Government

The draft Programme for Government contains 14 strategic outcomes which, taken together, set a clear direction of travel and enable continuous improvement on the essential components of societal wellbeing. They touch on every aspect of government, including the attainment of good health and education, economic success and confident and peaceful communities. In addition to merely fulfilling our statutory obligations, we will in future be able to target those things that make real improvements to the quality of life for the citizen. The outcomes are supported by 48 indicators which are clear statements for change.

A key feature of the new Programme is its dependence on collaborative working between organisations and groups, whether in the public, voluntary, or private sectors, and it is a Programme in which individuals and communities can also play an active part. It will require a significant change in approach from that used by previous administrations. The Executive will need to work collectively to deliver this Programme, driving work across boundaries and focusing on the outcomes rather than traditional departmental lines.

In due course, the Programme for Government will provide the strategic context for other key Executive strategy documents, including the Investment Strategy, the Economic Strategy and an Anti-Poverty/Social Strategy. The Programme will also inform the development of the Executive’s budget over the course of this mandate and provide a mechanism for ensuring our limited funds are best directed to where they can contribute most.

Contact the PfG Team:

Telephone: 028 9052 0584

Or by writing to:

Programme for Government Team
The Executive Office
Room E5.6
Castle Buildings
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