Alliance Party of Northern Ireland policies

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An overview of the post-16 education manifesto commitments from the Green Party.

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Devolution

  • Work to create a collaborative atmosphere between Westminster and public services in Northern Ireland
  • Support additional powers being conferred on the devolved administrations, and continue support for devolution of corporation tax
  • Support a UK-wide constitutional convention being held to determine the make-up of the constitution in light of reforms
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Higher education and research

  • Support Northern Ireland’s universities in drawing down greater levels of science and research funding from both the Research Councils and the European Union
  • Support regional industries by boosting research, skills, infrastructure and innovation across the entire UK
  • Support investment in research and development for improving renewable technologies

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Professional issues

  • Renewing efforts to tackle equal pay as well as requiring public audits of the gender profile of pay by large employers
  • Support increasing the tax-free allowance for income tax

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Public funding

  • Invest in a wide range of programmes, supporting colleges and universities to assist young people in gaining appropriate skills and working with specific industries where appropriate
  • Advocate for increased investment in science and research through the UK Research Councils, and support Northern Ireland’s universities in drawing down greater levels of science and research funding from both the Research Councils and the European Union

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FE, skills and apprenticeships

  • Ensure a wide variety of education, training and employment schemes are available in Northern Ireland
  • Invest in a wide range of programmes to assist young people in gaining appropriate skills and by working with specific industries where appropriate
  • Implement an early intervention and prevention strategy to reduce the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET)

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