Cohesion, Sharing and Integration Strategy

Mr J Shannon asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the development of the Cohesion, Sharing and Integration strategy and programme.
(AQW 6530/10)

First Minister and deputy First Minister: We agreed the core of the programme for Cohesion Sharing and Integration on 23 February 2010. Officials have circulated a draft copy of the document to devolved departments including the newly formed Department of Justice for the input of policies, programmes and activities that will begin to construct the cross-cutting elements of the programme.

Departmental replies have begun to come in and officials in OFMDFM are continuing the development of the document with this material. A more complete version of the draft programme will be referred to the Assembly Committee and considered by the Executive.
The programme will then be the subject of a full public consultation which will provide an opportunity for all stakeholder groups to comment and contribute to its development.
The public consultation is likely to begin in June 2010 and continue until at least the end of September.

Once the responses to the consultation have been collated they will be taken on board within the context of a revised text as appropriate. The redrafted programme will again be referred to the Assembly Committee and the Executive for final clearance.

It is anticipated that the final agreed programme for Cohesion Sharing and Integration will be published before the end of the year.