We continue our work to build new and stronger partnerships in local communities, giving effective representation and comprehensive constituency advice service.
SDLP Councillors are working to create jobs, improve services, create cleaner, greener living and working spaces and secure better facilities especially for areas of social and economic need. They have also built all-island partnerships through establishing cross-border relations with neighbouring Councils.
A number of SDLP-driven Councils rotate top posts to ensure a degree of cross-community representation even where it is not required on the basis of proportional representation. We believe that this sends an important message to the community that its Council representatives can work in partnership and that minority views are respected and embraced.
We believe that the ongoing Review of Public Administration should be used to make government more responsive, accountable, decentralised from Belfast and that there should be a fairer rates system based on an ability to pay.
Our representatives will continue to ensure that an enhanced local government model will achieve effective local representation, value for money, equality of opportunity and quality of services for ratepayers.
We are working so that the Review of Public Administration: