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Featured consultations

On this page you will find featured government consultations that are currently running.

Featured consultations

Consultation on the Accessible Transport Strategy 2025

The Department for Regional Development (DRD) is seeking your views on the draft Accessible Transport Strategy 2025.

The new strategy aims to improve the accessibility of public transport and other transport infrastructure for all users, but particularly for older people and people with disabilities. It is based on five main themes, these are:

  • enhancing the accessibility of the public transport network
  • improving accessibility of the wider transport network
  • enhancing the customer experience
  • enhancing the accessibility of information
  • working in collaboration with partners and stakeholders

You can download documents and find out more, including how to respond on the nidirect consultations website.

Deadline for responses – 20 November 2015

Consultation on frequency of student support payments

The Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) is seeking your views on how often support payments are made to students.

Every full-time undergraduate student from Northern Ireland, regardless of where they study in the UK can get financial support. The student support package has two parts:

  • a non-means tested tuition fee loan - paid directly to the university
  • a partially means tested maintenance support for day to day living costs - paid directly to the student

Both parts of the support package are paid in three instalments for each of the three terms of the academic year. This payment system was developed to go along with the academic year and also to provide students with a degree of flexibility to manage their own finances based on their needs.

This consultation looks at:

  • different proposals for how often the maintenance package is paid to students
  • pros and cons of the current system and the different monthly payment schedules
  • how each proposal would be implemented and its affect on new and existing students

You can download documents and find out more, including how to respond on the DEL website.

Deadline for response - 27 September 2015

Consultation on a new Further Education Strategy for Northern Ireland

The Department for Employment and Learning is seeking your views on a new Further Education Strategy for Northern Ireland.

The consultation document sets out a series of policy commitments that aim to create a world class system of further education in Northern Ireland. These commitments are grouped under the following themes:

  • economic development
  • social inclusion
  • curriculum delivery
  • excellence
  • internationally connected
  • governance
  • college partnerships
  • funding model and college sustainability
  • promoting the further education sector

You can download documents and find out more, including how to respond on the DEL website.

Deadline for response - 2 October 2015

Consultation on a draft Childcare Strategy for Northern Ireland

The Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) is seeking your views on a draft strategy for childcare in Northern Ireland.

The ten year strategy aims to develop and deliver affordable, high quality and integrated childcare services which gives children the best start in life, while supporting and enabling parents to participate in the workforce.

The draft strategy outlines 22 areas for action to make childcare services more responsive to the needs of parents, including the need for more flexible care and examining ways of promoting awareness and uptake of financial assistance for childcare costs.

It also includes proposals to increase the childcare places, from pre-school through school-age, from the present 56,000 to 100,000.

You can download documents and find out more, including how to respond on the OFMDFM website.

Deadline for response – 13 November 2015

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