NILGA, the Northern Ireland Local Government Association, hosts its Flagship Conference, Exhibition & Gala Awards Event on 11th October at the Armagh City Hotel.

Chaired by Mark Carruthers & sponsored by the Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE), RiverRidge and Invest NI, it offers a positive agenda for a better NI.

“Building Sustainable Communities, delivering a Better Northern Ireland for Everyone” identifies and proposes actions around the key roles’ councils play in shaping places & driving the economy, as well as what’s to come in terms of public service challenges, the powers and transformations needed, and the complex future we face. Councils and local communities are increasingly at the forefront of the enterprise, health, regeneration and investment landscape of Northern Ireland.

Derek McCallan, NILGA Chief Executive, said:
“Public services need more local focus and more community, place-based, investment. Councils are ambitious, and locality driven. They now have powers enabling them to be the hub of the economy and the community. Yet their investment capacity is limited, just as their direct service role is compared to anywhere else on these islands. It’s surely time that councils were resourced to be the backbone of the community in terms of essential public services and social cohesion, but also plan ahead in partnership, for a sustainable, distinctive Northern Ireland, where local people and local government are working in a new framework of place-based decision making. This is happening worldwide. It needs to happen here.

Strengthening democracy and good governance can be enabled not just by a restored Legislative Assembly, but, also, by rewiring how and where our £21 billion annual budget is spent. Conference 2018 is just the ticket. It opens the door to how political and practical partnerships can connect, directly, with local people, local need and local government, which is the key to unlocking community wealth, and a sustainable future for our most needy and most deserving citizens.”

Places at this event are limited, if you have not yet booked we encourage you to confirm your place –




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