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Katherine McDonald of Strategem summarising the first four months of the Assembly and highlighting some of the challenges ahead.

Katherine McDonald of Strategem summarising the first four months of the Assembly and highlighting some of the challenges ahead.

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    • 1. Policy, lobbying and the NI Assembly Katherine McDonald Stratagem
    • 2. Our new politics? Photograph: Paul Faith/Pool/PA Wire
    • 3. THE ISSUES
      • Water charges
      • Health (prescriptions, personal care)
      • Education (11+)
      • The Economy (corporation tax, industrial de-rating)
      • Affordable housing
    • 4. The Manifestos
      • Consensus can be built e.g.:
        • Commissioner for Older People
        • Free personal care
        • Mental health
      • Some spending commitments e.g.:
        • Drop prescription charges (UUP, SF)
      • Devolutionary comparisons and RoI
    • 5. Lobbying in the Manifestos
      • Postcode prescribing and access to drugs
      • Access to dementia medications
      • Arthritis, MS, cancer, heart disease and stroke, respiratory disease
      • Diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular illnesses
    • 6. Election Results 1 Ind Health +1 1 Green Party 1 PUP +1 7 Alliance Party -2 16 SDLP -9 18 UUP +4 28 Sinn Fein +6 36 DUP Seats Party
    • 7. SEATS
    • 8. A BATTLE A DAY? “ Love in” or “Work in”?
    • 9. DHSS&PS Minister Michael McGimpsey
      • RPA and local commissioning
      • Review of Prescription charges
      • MRSA
      • Mental health and suicide prevention
      • Free personal care
    • 10. Agriculture and Rural Development
      • Foot and Mouth
      • Sale of DARD land
    • 11. Culture, Arts & Leisure
      • Stadium
      • Irish Language Bill
    • 12. Environment
      • RPA – future of local government
      • Planning backlog
      • Giant’s Causeway
    • 13. Education
      • Classroom Assistants’ Pay
      • Post 11 arrangements
      • School buildings modernisation
    • 14. Employment & Learning
      • FE Lecturers pay dispute
      • Tackling illiteracy
      • Building skills base for economic vision
      • Regional minimum wage
    • 15. Enterprise, Trade and Investment
      • Employment levels healthy
      • New inward investment
      • Move away from public sector dominance
    • 16. Finance & Personnel
      • Inherited budget and CSR
      • Efficiency savings – ‘ only 3%?’
      • Varney and corporation tax
      • Managing other Ministers
    • 17. Regional Development
      • Delayed water charges
      • Review of Water and Sewerage
      • Infrastructure Investment
    • 18. Social Development
      • Welfare Reform Bill
      • Affordable Housing
      • Funding for loyalist programmes
    • 19. Assembly Business
      • Affordable Housing debate – housing associations
      • Free Personal Care – Age Concern
      • Domestic Violence – Women’s Aid
      • Fuel Poverty – SCF, Barnardo’s
      • Carers’ Support – Carers Week
    • 20. "Many people in politics can tell you what just happened to you...you need to change outcomes." Tony Podesta, Washington Lobbyist
    • 21. Making Real Impact
      • What do you want to say?
      • Whom do you want to say it to - who has an interest? Who wields influence?
      • What do you do - actions
      • Is it working?
    • 22. 1.What’s my line?
      • What’s do I want?
      • Where do I need it?
      • What’s my evidence?
      • How much will it cost?
      • KEEP IT LOCAL
    • 23. Evidence base Politically acceptable What is do-able Understand the environment – where does policy come from?
    • 24. 2. Targeting Minister Permanent Secretary/Special Advisers Civil Service OFMDFM MLAs and Constituents Party Colleagues and Policy Staff The ‘Establishment’ Party Members Unions, user groups lobby groups Academics, think-tanks experts
    • 25. NETWORKING “No network? No chance!” Jacques Delors ? ? ? ? ? ? ? You
    • 26. 3. What can we do?
      • Meetings
      • Briefings – short
      • Committee presentation
      • Questions
      • Debates
      • Constituency events
      • Party conferences
    • 27. OTHER ACTIVITIES
      • Media
      • Photocalls
      • Articles
      • Opinion Pieces
      • Profiles
      • Seminars
      • Dinners
    • 28. 4. LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE
      • A Corporate Case?
      LEARNING WHO HELPED KNOWLEDGE AT START THE CHALLANGE
    • 29. IS IT WORKING?
      • Remember, change does not happen overnight, so…
      • … build in milestones/benchmarks to keep your self motivated
        • Parties met, meetings held, column inches etc.
      • Evaluate, then start again!
    • 30.
      • ‘ All politics is local’
      • Coalitions and opposition
      • Persevere
      • Build relationships for the long-term
    • 31.
      • “ If you don’t lobby,
      • government assumes you have no problems”
        • Ellis, N. (1998) Parliamentary Lobbying

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