We Asked, You Said, We Did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

We Asked

The consultation invited views on (1) our responses to each of the NIMDM 2010 recommendations and (2) the proposed indicators in each of the seven domains. In addition, it sought views on whether the current domain weights reflect current priorities. 

The consultation period ran from 21 November 2016 to 15 January 2017. 

You Said

Written responses from 28 organisations/individuals were received. These included detailed comments on NISRA's response to the recommendations, the proposed indicators and the domain weights. They also included suggestions for alternative indicators and general comments on their use of the Measure. 

We Did

The responses to the consultation were analysed by the Deprivation Team, discussed by the Steering Group, and resulted in a finalised methodology for the updated Measure.

A Blueprint document was published on 7th July 2017, which describes this process and the final methodology, as well as NISRA’s responses to detailed comments received during the consultation. These documents are available at: https://www.nisra.gov.uk/publications/nimdm17-consultation-results

The results of the updated Multiple Deprivation Measure (NIMDM 2017) will be published later this year.

We Asked

The Department invited your views and comments on the proposal to relinquish protected zone status for Fireblight in Northern Ireland and to implement buffer zone arrangements for those businesses wishing to trade host plants into other protected zones.  

The consultation opened on the 28 June 2016 and closed on 29 July 2016.

You Said

There were four respondants . Two respondents sought further clarification which the Department provided.

 

We Did

On the basis of our consultation DAERA intends to implement Fireblight buffer zones as an alternative to Fireblight protected zones. Applicants will be able to apply for Fireblight buffer zone status which the Department will review annually.

We Asked

The key questions were (1) to what extent do you agree with NISRA’s proposed option to base the primary outputs of the Deprivation Update on Super Output Areas, and (2) do you have a specific need for deprivation information for the new 462 Electoral Wards.

You Said

The majority of respondents agreed with the proposal to use Super Output Areas as the main output geography of the updated Multiple Deprivation Measure. However, the results also indicated a general need to produce deprivation statistics for the new Electoral Wards.

We Did

NISRA will use Super Output Areas as the main output geography of the updated Multiple Deprivation Measure, to be published in mid-2017. It also commited to create deprivation measures for the new Electoral Wards on an approximate basis at a later stage.

We Asked

The Big Conversation invited you to have your say about the financial sustainability issues facing the higher education sector in Northern Ireland. In particular, you were invited to consider what alternative models of higher education funding and delivery might work better in the future.

You Said

Hundreds of you responded to the Big Conversation and expressed your concerns about the underinvestment in higher education. The vast majority of you agreed that a sustainable solution for higher education should be a key priority for the Department, and a range of creative and constructive proposals were made with regards to how that might be achieved.

We Did

The responses to the Big Conversation have already helped the Department to make the case for additional funding for higher education in the 2016-17 financial year. Looking beyond that, the Department has published an Options Paper, outlining a range of options regarding the future funding of higher education in Northern Ireland, which will be considered by a new Northern Ireland Executive after the May 2016 elections. The options paper can be viewed on the following link: https://www.delni.gov.uk/sites/default/files/consultations/del/HE%20options%20paper.pdf.

We Asked

From 3 August 2015 to 27 September 2015, we asked for your views on proposals relating to the frequency of student support payments. You were invited to consider four options and had an opportunity to provide additional comments.

 

 

You Said

A total of 17 responses were received to the consultation. The responses demonstrated that there is no clear consensus on an agreed way forward on this issue, with almost as many respondents being in favour of maintaining the status quo as for introducing change. A summary of your responses is available at the following link:

Frequency of student support payments | Department for the Economy

 

We Did

As the responses to the consultation did not indicate a clear consensus on an agreed way forward on this issue, and given the additional costs involved in making any amendment to the current payment structures, Minister Simon Hamilton MLA has decided that no immediate changes will be made to the current frequency of student support payments. A watching brief on the position in the rest of the UK will however be maintained, and the Department will re-evaluate the position in Northern Ireland should the need arise in the future.

We Asked

From June to September 2015 we asked for your views on the introduction of new student support packages for part-time undergraduate students.

You Said

Your responses indicated a great deal of support for the introduction of new tuition fee loans for part-time and postgraduate students. A summary of your responses is available on the following link: https://www.delni.gov.uk/sites/default/files/consultations/del/Part-time%20and%20Postgraduate%20Consultation%20Summary%20of%20Responses_1.pdf

We Did

In response, we are working towards making new tuition fee loans available for part-time and postgraduate students from the 2017/18 academic year onwards. You can read about the new loans in more detail on the following link: https://www.delni.gov.uk/sites/default/files/consultations/del/Department%20Response%20Student%20Finance%20%5Bweb%5D.pdf.