Anderson in local government pledge at NILGA event

Ministers Martina Anderson and Alex Attwood Attwood with Cllr Evelyne Robinson, NILGA President at the NILGA event yesterday. (2402MM25)

Ministers Martina Anderson and Alex Attwood Attwood with Cllr Evelyne Robinson, NILGA President at the NILGA event yesterday. (2402MM25)

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Junior Minister Martina Anderson has called on those involved in local government to work with the Executive to create a better society in the north.

Ms Anderson made the call when she addressed the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) annual conference yesterday.

The Foyle MLA said the Executive, through the Programme for Government, want to transfer more powers to local government bodies. She also said the Executive is committed to reducing the number of councils to eleven by 2015.

“We in the Executive will be looking to our colleagues in local government to make common cause with us in pursuit of our shared goals,” she said.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to reorganise and enhance local councils, ensuring that people receive excellent public services.

“Councils have a tried and tested record of community achievement, and the Executive needs this experience to come to the fore.

“We are therefore seeking local government support in creating the delivery mechanisms capable of ensuring the success of the Executive’s strategies,” she said.

Ms Anderson also said the Executive is working to ensure that local councils will have the ability to build social clauses into public schemes.