Policy Resources

WRDA regularly responds to consultations on policies being proposed by government. We concentrate on issues that will have a direct impact on women or on the women’s sector.

2016
WRDA response to the Executive Office Consultation on proposals for the withdrawal of two compendia official statistics publications – ‘A profile of older people in Northern Ireland’ and ‘Gender Equality Statistics’ annual publications.
WRC Response to: ‘A consultation paper on proposals for the provision of strategic support to the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland 2017-2021’
WRDA Response to Draft Programme for Government June 2016
Women’s Regional Consortium Response to: Draft Programme for Government Framework 2016-21
WRDA Response to Department of Justice Consultation on Domestic Abuse Offence & Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
Response to DHSSPS Health and Social Care Innovation Grant Scheme

2015
WRDA, CiNI and WINI response to Childcare Strategy (NI Executive) – November 2015
WRDA response to Charities (Accounts and Reports) Regulations NI – October 2015
Women’s Regional Consortium response to Social Housing Reform (DSD) – June 2015
Women’s Regional Consortium response to Sharing Works: A Policy for Shared Education (DOE) – February 2015
WRDA/Women’s Regional Consortium submission to DOJ’s abortion consultation

2014
Women’s Regional Consortium response to Future Support of Independent Living Fund Users in Northern Ireland (DHSSPS) – November 2014
Women’s Regional Consortium response to Zero Hour Contracts (DEL) – September 2014
Women’s Regional Consortium Response to Development of a Sexual Orientation Strategy and Action Plan (OFMDFM) – June 2014
Women’s Regional Consortium response to Review of Apprenticeships Interim Report (DEL) – April 2014
Women’s Regional Consortium response to Delivering Social Change for Children and Young People (OFMDFM) – March 2014
Women’s Regional Consortium response to Future Arrangements for Consumer Representation in Northern Ireland (DETI) – January 2014
Women’s Regional Consortium response to Policy Options Arising from the Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (DARD) – January 2014
WRDA submission to Stopping Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse in Northern Ireland 2013-2020

2013
Women’s Regional Consortium response to Development Proposals for the six EU Priorities for Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 (DARD) – October 2013
WRDA submission to Haass /O’Sullivan NI Panel of Parties Talks 2013
Response to the Consultation: Shared Parental Rights, Extending Flexibility at Work
WRDA response to Westminister threat to campaigning by civil society – September 2013
Response to Financial Capability Strategy issued by DETI – July 2013
Response to the Consultation on the limited Circumstances for a Lawful Termination of Pregnancy in Northern Ireland – July 2013
Response to Commission for Victims and Survivors – May 2013
Response to Towards a Childcare Strategy – March 2013

2012
Response to the Fit and Well Consultation – November 2012
Response to Supporting Separated Families; Securing Children’s futures – September 2012
Response to OFMDFM Disability Strategy – August 2012
WRDA DWP Work and Pension Committee Submission – August 2012
Response to DSD Audit of Inequalities – May 2012
Response to the Economic Strategy – February 2012
Response to the Programme for Government – February 2012

2011
Response to the Welfare Reform Bill EQIA 2011 – November 2011
Response to the Social Investment Fund Consultation – September 2011
Response to the Consultation on Passported Benefits in Universal Credit – September 2011
Response to the 1325 inquiry – September 2011
Response to Rebalancing the Northern Ireland Economy – July 2011
Response to Strengthening Women’s Voices in Government – June 2011
WCRP Response to Pathways to Success NEETS Consultation – June 2011
WCRP Response to the GEO, Strengthening Women’s Voices in Government – June 2011
WCRP Response to Community Safety Strategy for Northern Ireland – April 2011
Response to the DSD Draft Budget – February 2011
Response to the DFP Draft Budget – February 2011
Response to the OFMDFM Draft Budget – February 2011
Response to the DHSSPS Draft Budget – February 2011
Response to the DEL Draft Budget – February 2011
WCRP Response to Guidance on the Provision of Local Generalist Voluntary Advice – Feb 2011
WCRP Response to the DFP Draft Budget 2011-2015 – Feb 2011
WCRP Response to the Child Poverty Strategy – Feb 2011
WCRP Response to Play and Leisure Strategy – Feb 2011

2010
WCRP Response to the Early Years 0-6 Strategy – Nov 2010
WCRP Response to Success through Skill 2: The Skills Strategy for NI – Sept 2010
WCRP Response to Alex Attwood questions on budget priorities – Aug 2010
WCRP Response to DHSSPS Dementia Strategy – Aug 2010
WCRP Responose to Draft Public Assemblies, Parades and Protests (NI) Bill – July 2010
WCRP Response to A Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland: Next Steps – March 2010
WCRP Written Evidence to DCAL on the Inquiry into Participation in Sports and Physical Activities – March 2010
WCRP Response to DRD on Public Transport Reform – Feb 2010
WCRP Response to A Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland – Jan 2010

2009
WRDA Response to the Eames Bradley Consultation on Dealing with the Past
WCRP Response to Gordon Brown’s announcement to axe the Childcare voucher scheme – Oct 2009
WCRP Response to the Equality Impact Assessment of Welfare Reform Bill – Sept 2009
WCRP Response to the Local Government Reform Establishment of Transition Committees in Statute – May 2009
Women’s Sector submission to the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee inquiry on a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland – May 2009
WCRP response to Draft Code of Practice (CoP) for Ministerial Public Appointments in NI – May 2009
WCRP response to ECNI Corporate Plan – Jan 2009

2008
Guidance on the Termination of Pregnancy in NI Response – Sept 2008
WCRP Civic Forum response – Aug 2008

2007
Response to Belfast City Council Draft Peace and Reconciliation Action plan – Nov 2007
Response to Hidden Crimes Secret Pain – April 2007
Response to Peace III EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation – Aug 2007
Response to NI EU Competitiveness and Employment – July 2007
Guidance on the Termination of Pregnancy in NI Response April 2007

2006
Response to the Consultation on the Bill of Rights Forum – Dec 2006
Response to Draft Rural Strategy – April 2006
Response to Northern Ireland Draft Priorities and Budget 2006-2008 – 2006
Response to DARD Strategic Plan – 2006
Response to Gender Equality Strategy – 2006

2005
Response to the review of Public Administration – Sept 2005

2004
Response to the Extension Peace II -Sept 2004
Response to Programme for Government – 2004
Response to “Progressing a Bill of Rights” – Aug 2004
Response to the Further Education Means Business Strategy Review – June 2004

Election Manifesto

WRDA is a member of the Women’s ad hoc Policy Group, which is comprised of a diverse range of organisations, individuals and trade unions who are concerned with influencing relevant government policies with the aim of promoting gender equality. Our ‘Women’s Manifesto Elections 2016: Northern Ireland Assembly and Local Government has been endorsed by a wide range of organisations and we will continue to lobby political parties on the issues raised by the Manifesto.