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The DUP publish their 2015 election manifesto

21 April 2015

The DUP released it's 2015 election manifesto today. It included the following commitments:

The DUP state in their manifesto, "It would be unrealistic for us to prepare a manifesto with a view to it being a detailed programme for government for the UK as a whole, but we will only be prepared to support a party whose proposals taken as a whole are in the best interests of Northern Ireland in particular and the UK in general."

NB: Powers over the planning system are devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The DUP five point plan seeks to:

  • Make Northern Ireland an economic powerhouse
  • Deliver world class public services for our people
  • Create a society based on fairness and opportunity for everyone
  • Make politics and government work better in Parliament and Northern Ireland
  • Strengthen the United Kingdom and protect and enhance our British identity

Public spending, the deficit and the national debt

Continue to campaign on:

  • A budget settlement which will allow real term increases in health and education spending over the next five years without decimating other key public services
  • Capital investment to make our schools and hospitals fit for the twenty-first century
  • Assistance to continue the reform and transformation of our public services

Growth and Economy

  • Negotiating more satisfactory terms in relation to Corporation Tax
  • UK wide tax policy improvements to encourage economic growth in Northern Ireland
  • Assistance from the UK Government to attract FDI into Northern Ireland.
  • Northern Ireland businesses getting a fair share of national government contracts
  • Increased infrastructure investment to assist in preparing Northern Ireland for the future
  • Ensuring that Northern Ireland maintains its 100% regional aid status
  • Support to help reduce electricity costs for business customers
  • Innovate UK establishing a Northern Ireland presence
  • Ensuring that schemes developed by the British Business Bank are tailored to suit Northern Ireland
  • Ensuring energy security in terms of supply and cost to both consumers and businesses in Northern Ireland
  • Make Northern Ireland the most attractive region in the whole of western Europe to invest in
  • Set a low rate of Corporation Tax in Northern Ireland for the long-term from 2017
  • Freeze the non-domestic Regional Rate in real terms to help local businesses
  • Promote 25,000 new jobs by 2020
  • Balance our budget each and every year
  • Continue to make growing our economy the number one priority
  • Create the environment in Northern Ireland where local business can prosper
  • Provide a well educated and skilled workforce
  • Take the decisions to make sure our people can take advantage of new economic opportunities
  • Remove the barriers to economic growth
  • Reform our planning system to support policies on economic growth (powers devolved in NI)
  • Build more economic and transport infrastructure for the future
  • Make Northern Ireland an economic powerhouse

You can see a more detailed list of commitments with respect to planning and the built environment here, or go to the DUP website to see the manifesto in full.

Our 'asks' to the incoming Government have been produced in the RTPI's 10 proposals for Planning in the next Parliament.