Fresh Start Agreement Legislation

“A Fresh Start: the Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan” A Fresh Start – Outcome Document (PDF, 692KB, 67 pages) builds on previous political agreements and brings the goal closer to a Northern Ireland where politics works, the economy grows and society becomes stronger. The Northern Ireland (Welfare Reform) Bill is part of a process to stabilise political institutions in Northern Ireland. This is a package agreed between the British and Irish governments and the largest parts of Northern Ireland: the fresh start agreement. This document provides a guide for the bill and the agreement. Despite some significant progress, no final agreement could be reached on the creation of new reference bodies in the past. The Government continues to support these provisions of the Stormont House Agreement and improve outcomes for victims and survivors. We will now reflect with the other participants on how to move forward and reach a broad consensus on the legislation. Today`s agreement is another step towards the Government`s goal of building a better and safer future for all the citizens of Northern Ireland. It`s a good day for Northern Ireland and a fresh start for de decentralised government. This agreement addresses the issues that have cast the most shadow over the future of decentralised institutions. These include social protection measures and paramilitarism, at the heart of the impasse, and the obligation of a departure date and a rate of decentralization of corporate tax (at 12.5% in April 2018). It also contains documents on other aspects of the Stormont House Agreement, including a Northern Ireland Assembly Bill to reduce the number of members for each constituency from six to five. The progress we have made is a testament to the commitment and hard work of the parties in Northern Ireland, supported by Theresa Villiers and the Irish Government, and I am very pleased that we are taking this step forward.

It is essential that the parties in Northern Ireland use this agreement as a platform for a stable decentralised government that responds to day-to-day affairs that are important to citizens. Northern Ireland has pulled itself off the brink of another political crisis, which was behind the implementation of the 2014 Stormont House Agreement, which contained agreements on the management of disputed areas from Northern Ireland`s past, as well as flags and identity, but it was the issue of welfare reform that caused a crisis. . . .

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