Governance Blog Archive

Governance Blog Archive

Here you will find an archive of Governance Blog articles published before 1 January 2020, divided into their relevant categories.


An image showing lots of Brexit-related books in the Assembly Library
Brexit and Northern Ireland: Reading List #27

Reading Time: 2 minutes   Please note: This version of the Brexit and Northern Ireland reading list has now been superseded. For the very latest version, please see here. The Assembly’s Research and Information Service (RaISe) has just published

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Democracy and Government

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EU exit regulations and Northern Ireland

Reading Time: 4 minutes A high profile consequence of the continuing failure to establish an Executive and fully functioning Assembly was the legislative passage this week of the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Bill 2018.  A

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Is coercive control a crime?

Reading Time: 4 minutes In 2016 a man called Lance Hart shot his wife Claire and daughter Charlotte outside a swimming pool in Lincolnshire, England, before turning his shotgun on himself. Some of the media coverage of the murder

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Image of a planned urban landscape: Local development planning is now with local councils
Planning in a new environment

Reading Time: 3 minutes The planning system has undergone much change recently, so what are the new structures and how has the balance of responsibility shifted between central and local government?

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The merging of environment and agriculture
A new mandate, a new Environment

Reading Time: 3 minutes Local government underwent significant structural change in 2015 with the number of councils reducing from 26 to 11, and the transfer of many functions from central to local government. This has brought changes to the

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Statistics & GIS

A demographic profile of Northern Ireland in 2017

Reading Time: 6 minutes This paper presents a brief demographic profile of Northern Ireland, updating a previous article on this subject in 2016. It shows emerging trends in the population, and comparisons with other UK countries, Ireland, and the

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Travel distances to nearest GP Practice, March 2018
Celebrating GIS in the Northern Ireland Assembly

Reading Time: 3 minutes Please note: this article was edited on 11.2.20 with up-to-date GIS maps showing travel distances to GP practices for 2015 and 2020. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Day was established in 1999. Its main aim is

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