Social enterprise was mentioned in the DUP Manifesto albeit in the context of public sector reform. Here are more highlights:

The DUP believes that all parties should agree to the creation of a structured, long term, cross-government National Reform Plan for Northern Ireland including measurable targets and agreed implementation dates.

Elements of a National Reform Plan for Northern Ireland could include: alternative models of service delivery such as increasing the use of social enterprises;

The DUP supports:

  • Continued increases in the National Living Wage;
  • and Firm action against companies who fail to pay their staff the NLW.

The DUP supports the delivery of an ambitious new Industrial Strategy for Northern Ireland which is aimed at increasing our competitiveness and ensuring inclusive growth.

A Northern Ireland Industrial Strategy must be aligned to the wider UK Industrial Strategy and be centred on: Accelerating innovation and research; enhancing education, skills and employability; driving inclusive, sustainable growth; succeeding in global markets; and building the best economic infrastructure.

Continued delivery of the reformed apprenticeships and youth training systems.

You can read the full DUP manifesto here.

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