25 August 2015

  |  CBI Northern Ireland

Update

CBI Northern Ireland Policy Roundup - August 2015

The latest on engagements with local political representatives - and the chance for members to input into draft responses. Find out the latest on new employment bill, employment tribunal reform, review of further education, DETI's Strategic Energy Framework...

CBI Northern Ireland Policy Roundup - August 2015

New Employment Bill – will we or won’t we?

It now appears extremely unlikely that the NI Executive will bring forward an Employment Bill as there is limited time between now and when the current NI Assembly mandate ends. Contact: Iain.hoy@cbi.org.uk

Employment Tribunals Reform

The Department of Employment and Learning has issued a consultation on the development of modern, efficient and effective employment tribunals.  We would welcome members input on the document or contact iain.hoy@cbi.org.uk before Monday 21 September if you would like to input to our draft response.

Review of Further Education

The Department of Employment and Learning has issued a consultation on the development of a new Further Education Strategy for Northern Ireland. There is much to welcome in this document. We would welcome members input on the document or contact iain.hoy@cbi.org.uk before Friday 25 September if you would like to input to our draft response.

Aligning education with the needs of the economy

We have welcomed the development of a new strategy by the Department of Education on ‘The Economy and the Curriculum’, and were the first external stakeholders to be consulted earlier this month. This provides a further opportunity to secure progress in delivering the recommendations from our ‘Step Change’ report. We will be having a roundtable with the Education Minister, John O’Dowd in the autumn. Our positive response to Northern Ireland’s A Level results reflected an increasing take-up of STEM skills in Northern Ireland

Taxation - members engage with HMT officials on whistle stop tour

At the end of July a seven person team from HM Treasury was hosted by CBI Northern Ireland with a range of engagements to provide members with an opportunity to engage on taxation related issues. This was a valuable opportunity to highlight to HMT some of the particular challenges and structural issues facing the N Ireland economy.

DETI commences review of Strategic Energy Framework

The Department has issued a short questionnaire. CBI will be responding to the review in due course, but we have already raised concerns that the review should be looking much further ahead than 2020.

Leaving the EU - a disaster for our agri-food industry?

That was the message at our regional lunch in Dungannon earlier this month – to find out more about CBI’s campaign around the UK’s EU referendum and to consider the facts around trade, benefits of membership, alternative options, the reform agenda, etc check out the series of fact sheets.

 

For information on any part of CBI's policy work in Northern Ireland, please contact Iain Hoy, Senior Policy Advisor