Stratagem

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

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  • Stratagem

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

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