The last nine years of government have seen an attempt to economically repartition Northern Ireland. We'll rebalance investment across the North.
The last nine years have seen the emergence of a gross disparity in government support and investment across different regions of the North. West Belfast for example received just 1.19% of available Invest NI assistance. Any government that the SDLP takes part in will end this injustice.
Investment across three areas - job support and promotion from Invest NI, regional infrastructure projects and education and training will be co-ordinated and targeted for areas and projects where it is required most urgently. This will include specific City Deals and sectoral deals.
In any new government this process will be overseen by an Executive sub-committee, consisting of the Minister of Finance, Minister of Education and Minister for the Economy and with strict targets over the next five years for increased investment in areas which have been left behind.
We will also lead the way to redouble efforts by government departments to work with colleagues in local government to support this process.
This will remove the unfair gaps in investment and end the attempt to economically repartition Northern Ireland. Target areas will include: North Belfast, West Belfast, Derry, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Armagh, Newry and others.