The Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) is the council led representative body for local authorities in Northern Ireland. The Association is supported by political parties and independent members in councils, and works in partnership with other key regional bodies and stakeholders. NILGA members are drawn from each of the 11 councils.
The Association supports and represents NI Local Government’s interests on regional bodies, within the Local Government Group of Associations in the UK, ROI and in Europe.
NILGA promotes, develops and champions local government by developing regional, all council, approaches to key issues affecting the sector. This includes elected member development, collective lobbying, policy formulation, best practice events and campaigns, all aimed at improving democracy and public services.
By ensuring a collective framework for and with councils, NILGA communicates the importance of local government as a growing, sustainable and contemporary part of government in Northern Ireland, ensuring that the sector is a partner of equal, equipped with an informed, strong, unified voice when dealing with central government, the EU and other legislative bodies.
Apart from 11 Member Councils, Ministers, Government Departments, NILGA is supported by political parties and independent members in councils, and works in partnership with other key regional players such as SOLACE (Chief Executive’s Body), the NAC, APSE, our Universities, Invest NI and Tourism NI.
NILGA’s work is facilitated by a small but dynamic officer team, supporting elected members in their actions, providing advice and direction to take decisions on issues as important as Waste, Planning, local economies and member learning.
We do it to ensure a collective voice for and with councils and to communicate the importance of local government as a growing, sustainable and modern part of government in Northern Ireland. We do it also to ensure that the sector is a partner of equal, equipped with an informed, strong, unified voice when working with the NI Executive, national governments, the EU, other legislative bodies and major industrial, financial, community and political partners.
We do it to strengthen democracy in Northern Ireland – councils are essential to public service provision, to social cohesion and to solutions to global problems – delivered locally. They should be resourced and challenged to more, better, locally. As they do all over modern democracies near and far.
We do it, therefore, to make Northern Ireland a more normal, yet world class, place to work, live, invest and enjoy.