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Research Publications 2020

Synopsis: The Northern Ireland Assembly Research and Information Service (RaISe) produces a number of Research publications each year. These cover a variety of topics which are of interest to Members, Committees and the general public.

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Number   Title Date*
14/20

COVID-19: The use of Personal Protective Equipment and Ventilators
This Briefing Paper has been prepared to support the NI Assembly Ad-Hoc COVID-19 Committee. It provides information on the role of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) in infection control measures including an overview of current guidelines relating to their use. The paper will also look at the use of ventilators in supportive therapies to treat COVID-19 patients.  Lastly, the paper will explore how shortages of PPE and Ventilators are a major global issue of the ongoing pandemic and will examine actions taken by the UK government to increase supplies in the face of these shortages

 02/04/20
13/20

COVID-19: Background, Public Health Measures and Testing for SARS-CoV-2
This Briefing Paper has been prepared to support the NI Assembly Ad-Hoc COVID-19 Committee.  It provides some introductory background information on COVID-19 and then focuses on the policies and actions taken in the UK and other selected countries regarding tackling the pandemic, focusing on public health measures and testing of individuals.

 02/04/20
12/20

Key Issues for a Bill of Rights
This paper has been prepared to support the Ad Hoc Committee on a Bill of Rights. The paper briefly summarises key issues in the consideration of a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland. The issues are drawn from themes that have been raised in the past and in the context of more recent developments.

 19/03/20
11/20

Northern Ireland Qualifications per Constituency Area
RaISe has prepared this briefing note in response to an MLA query regarding:

  • The geographical spread across Northern Ireland of graduates working in the local labour markets.
  • The geographical spread across Northern Ireland of those working in the local labour market with vocational skills, and those without basic skills.

The note presents data from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) 2018 and Census 2011. It shows the geographical spread of the Northern Ireland (NI) workforce according to (i) highest qualification gained; and (ii) all persons with no qualifications, per constituency area. 

 06/03/20
10/20

UK Fisheries Bill 2019-20
This briefing paper provides an overview of the key elements of the UK Fisheries Bill 2020. The paper focusses on the Northern Ireland specific components of the Bill, some of which are unique to here, but also covers those wider UK elements which require legislative consent from the Northern Ireland Assembly.

 05/03/20
 09/20

Centralisation reforms of public procurement in the Republic of Ireland and Scotland
This Briefing Paper provides background information to the Public Accounts Committee, ahead of its forthcoming consideration of the Northern Ireland Audit Office’s (NIAO’s) examination of major capital projects in NI.  It begins with a summary of current NI public procurement structures, before reviewing the current arrangements in Republic of Ireland and Scotland.  A section on public sector efficiency is also included given the prominence afforded to savings figures in procurement reform publications.

 03/03/20
08/20

Environment Bill 2019-20
This research paper provides an overview of the key elements of the UK Environment Bill 2020. The paper focusses on the Northern Ireland (NI) specific components of the Bill, some of which are unique to here, but also covers those wider UK elements which require legislative consent from the Northern Ireland Assembly.

02/03/20
07/20

Social Sector Size Criteria ('bedroom tax') mitigation in Northern Ireland – a timeline of key developments
This short briefing note provides background context to the Social Sector Size Criteria (SSSC) and associated Welfare Supplementary Payments in Northern Ireland. It also provides an overview of some of the main developments relating to the SSSC including a timeline and links to recent key papers and research on this issue.

 24/02/20
06/20

UK Agriculture Bill 2019-20
This briefing paper provides an overview of the key elements of the UK Agriculture Bill 2019-20. The paper focusses on the Northern Ireland specific components of the Bill, some of which are unique to here, but also covers some wider UK elements which require legislative consent from the Northern Ireland Assembly.

 21/02/20
05/20

Special Advisers: Appointment and Conduct
This briefing paper has been prepared in response to a request from the Finance Committee for a comparison of the Northern Ireland Code of Appointment and Code of Conduct for Special Advisers to those of other jurisdictions.

 21/02/20
04/20

Mapping of GP Surgeries
This briefing note contains mapping of General Practices across Northern Ireland, for the years 2015 and 2020. The practices have been mapped out according to data obtained from the Business Services Organisation (BSO) website and from correspondence from the BSO.

21/02/20
03/20

Assembly Committee Engagement on 2020-21 Departmental Budget Planning
This Briefing Paper aims to support Assembly committee engagement on departmental budget planning for the new budget year, 2020-21. It highlights unique circumstances impacting on the formulation 2020-21 Executive Budget. Many are due to Northern Ireland’s Public Finance Framework under devolution (the rules), and are not within the immediate control of departments, nor the Executive. Despite challenges arising from current circumstances, this Paper is an effort both to improve openness and transparency in on-going departmental budget planning for 2020-21, and to ultimately increase government accountability through informed committee scrutiny. The Paper seeks to strategically coordinate and focus committee engagement on the Budget. Providing background information, it draws relevant linkages and identifies potential generic issues for committees’ consideration and use.

20/02/20
02/20

Waiting Lists and Waiting Times for Elective Care in Northern Ireland: Taking Stock
This paper takes its starting point from a series of previous Northern Ireland Assembly Research and Information Service briefings and provides an update on elective care waiting lists, waiting times and related policy and actions in Northern Ireland. For information and comparison, it also updates the same in neighbouring jurisdictions.

 06/02/20
01/20

Who Runs Northern Ireland?  A Summary of Statistics Relating to Gender and Power in 2020.
This Briefing Paper is prepared to update the paper Who Runs Northern Ireland?  A Summary of Statistics Relating to Gender and Power in 2019.  The paper summarises statistics on gender representation in decision-making positions in Northern Ireland. The statistics are set out in simplified tables to offer an at-a-glance view of gender and power in Northern Ireland.

 15/01/20

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