Over one hundred physical delegates along with virtual attendees attended the Policy & Investment event today (Wednesday 24th November) at the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel, Bangor, the first major council-led summit since February 2020.
Jointly delivered by the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) and the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (SOLACE NI), the 2021 “Councils Make It Happen” event tackled dealing with the economic, environmental, investment, social and health issues facing all in Northern Ireland and developed practical and political solutions should partnership between local government and the NI Executive improve.
Speakers included Health Minister Robin Swann MLA, Junior Minister Gary Middleton MLA, Economy Minister Gordon Lyons MLA, Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA, NILGA President, Cllr. Robert Burgess, and senior figures across the public, business, community and voluntary sectors.
Hosted by broadcaster and political journalist Jayne McCormack, and supported by APSE, CCLA and TerraQuest, this was the first Local Government Conference since Covid restrictions began over 20 months ago.