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Strengthen our essential services

• Health and Social Care system • Education and skills • Justice and community safety

Strong, efficient and effective public services are essential to deliver our ambitions for the region, to support our economy and to meet the expectations of the people who live here. 

Efficient transport networks, modern schools and healthcare facilities, social and affordable housing, digital connectivity, accessible court facilities and good community infrastructure, all underpin a fair and prosperous society for all.

Health and Social Care

The demands of the Covid pandemic have tested our health and social services as never before. There is now a significant backlog of demand for medical care and treatment. During this period our health and social care services have sought to accelerate transformation, innovating and adopting new technology to improve the way in which care is planned and delivered. The momentum of this change must be maintained and the pace of improvement increased, all of which will require significant investment.

Education and skills

Our schools, colleges and universities are at the heart of our local communities and are valuable community assets. We will focus investment on schools and colleges that are sustainable, ensuring they are well equipped and well-maintained and ensuring that all educational provision available is taken into account when considering the need for new buildings. This will be balanced by our strong commitment to ensuring equality, providing for the differing needs of individual learners, facilitating pupil and parental choice and ensuring adequate access in rural and remote areas.

Justice and community safety

Our communities deserve a justice system in which every element, from preventative services to our courts and prisons, is more accessible, responsive and efficient. The PSNI estate needs to be transformed alongside new approaches to the deployment of people and technology to improve services for victims and criminal justice outcomes. To achieve all of this we will need other essential infrastructure such as public transport and water and wastewater facilities to be fit for purpose.

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