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What's in the draft Stormont deal?
What's in the draft Stormont deal?

Stormont parties are considering the details of a to restore power-sharing in Northern Ireland.

The text, New Decade, New Approach was published by the British and Irish governments on Thursday night.

It sets out a plan of action for a new executive and commitments from the two governments.

Here are some of the key points in the 62-page document:

Health

Executive will settle the ongoing pay dispute A new action plan on waiting times Reform the health and social care system in line with the , Delivering Together and Power to People reports An extra 900 nursing and midwifery undergraduate places over three years A mental health action plan published within two months Executive will fund three cycles of IVF treatment New graduate entry medical school in Londonderry

Education

Executive will work to resolve the teachers' industrial action Ensure every school has a sustainable core budget External independent review of education provision New special educational needs framework Expert group to examine links between educational underachievement and socio-economic background

Petition of concern

The mechanism, which was designed to safeguard minority interests in the assembly, will return to its intended purpose Parties commit to using it as a last resort Petition can still be triggered by the support of 30 MLAs, but it needs members from two or more parties (this can include independent MLAs)

Language and tradition

An Office of Identity and Cultural Expression "to celebrate and support all aspects of Northern Ireland's rich cultural and linguistic heritage" New Commissioner "to recognise, support, protect and enhance the development of the Irish language in Northern Ireland" New Commissioner "to enhance and develop the language, arts and literature associated with the Ulster Scots / Ulster British tradition" Official recognition of both Irish and Ulster-Scots languages in Northern Ireland Any person can conduct their business in Irish or Ulster-Scots before the Assembly or one of its committees

Infrastructure

Executive to benefit from increased capital infrastructure funding 'as a result of the UK government's infrastructure revolution' Capital projects such as the A5 and A6 road projects, a new York Street Interchange, Narrow Water bridge and sewage investment could benefit

Anything else?

Increase police numbers to 7,500 New anti-poverty strategy Extend existing welfare mitigation measures beyond March 2020, when they are due to expire Party Leaders' Forum established to meet at least once monthly. This will be reviewed after six months Executive Brexit sub-committee established Ad-hoc assembly committee to consider the creation of a Bill of Rights Reaffirm commitment to tackle paramilitarism and sectarianism

UK government commitments

Additional funding in 2020/21 to help the executive address its priorities, such as pay parity for nurses compared to England and Wales Promote Northern Ireland as a global cyber security hub Funding for projects which could include mental health provision, tackling paramilitarism and deprivation Appoint a Northern Ireland Veterans' Commissioner and introduce UK-wide legislation to further incorporate the Armed Forces Covenant into law Relatives of people from Northern Ireland to be able to apply for UK immigration status "on broadly the same terms as the family members of Irish citizens in the UK"

Irish government pledges

Delivering on its commitment to key infrastructure projects, including £75m for the A5 up to 2022 Take forward a review of potential support for "renewed viable air routes from Cork to Belfast and Dublin to Derry" Irish government "is willing in principle to contribute to capital investment to support expanded provision at Ulster University Magee Campus"
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