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RNIA Consultation

The objectives of the Investment Strategy for Northern Ireland must be inclusive of the needs of our rural communities, businesses and individuals. To this end, we are conducting a Rural Needs Impact Assessement.

What is an RNIA?

An RNIA is a Rural Needs Impact Assessment.

The Rural Needs Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 introduced a new duty on public authorities in Northern Ireland to have due regard to rural needs when developing, revising or implementing policies, strategies and plans, and when designing and delivering public services.

What are Rural Needs?

Rural Needs’ refers to the social and economic needs of people in rural areas.

Over 670,000 people in Northern Ireland live in areas that can be classified as ‘rural.’ It is therefore essential that the objectives of the Investment Strategy for Northern Ireland are inclusive of the needs of such a significant proportion of the population and benefit rural communities, businesses and individuals on a level equal to the general population.

How can I take part?

To respond to this area of the strategy, download the full Rural Needs Impact Assessment document or the ‘easy read’ version.

Once you have read the document and considered it fully, you can contact us directly via the form on the ISNI 2050 Consultation page or by writing to us directly.

Contact us via email at or by post at: Investment Strategy for Northern Ireland, Strategic Investment Board, 5th Floor, 9 Lanyon Place, Belfast, BT1 3LP.


Download the Rural Impact Assessment. Consultation closes 20th April 2022.