Social Democratic and Labour Party policies

An overview of the post-16 education manifesto commitments from the Social Democratic and Labour Party.

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Devolution

  • Push for the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement
  • Establish, in partnership with the British government, a Scottish-style commission to begin the devolution of further powers including control of fiscal levers
  • Continue sustained lobbying for a strong Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland

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Higher education and research

  • Expand higher education, including the expansion of the University of Ulster’s Magee campus to 10,000 student places
  • Build upon the cross-border cooperation between colleges and universities to meet the needs of students and business
  • Press for support for a research and development hub in the North for low energy carbon products
  • Encourage take-up of STEM subjects at all levels of ability

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Professional issues

  • Extend the Living Wage

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Public funding

  • Redirect money spent on UK’s nuclear weapons into health, education and welfare
  • Reverse the cuts in the agri-food industry that would result in a significant reduction of research and development staff

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FE, skills and apprenticeships

  • Ensure access to essential skills, apprenticeships and lifelong learning for all
  • Build upon the cross-border cooperation between colleges and universities to meet the needs of students and business

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