Education tops UUP proposals report
The creation of a single education system in Northern Ireland must now be given serious consideration by the Assembly, the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) has urged in a new set of policy proposals.
As well as debating a fully integrated school system, more investment and focus must be placed on shared housing schemes, according to the party's suggested programme for government (PfG).
The UUP unveiled its document after criticising the Executive for not yet publishing an official PfG for the coming Assembly mandate, six months after the four-year budget was agreed.
UUP leader Tom Elliott said his party's suggested programme prioritised five key areas including the economy, protecting the health service, education, a shared future and reform of government structures
Mr Elliott said: "The Ulster Unionist Party has taken the responsible step of drawing up a number of proposals which we believe could have a beneficial impact in Northern Ireland over the next four or five years.
"We hope that our proposals will contribute positively to the 2011-15 PfG and we are willing to engage with other parties and to debate the points and issues we have raised."
The party published its suggested PfG ahead of a scheduled debate in the Assembly, tabled by the SDLP, calling for the Executive to publish a draft programme without delay.