Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Policy Framework: Education & Community Issues
Responsibility for the provision of educational facilities in Ards Borough and Down District Council areas rests mainly with the South Eastern Education and Library Board (SEELB), the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS), and the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) supplemented by a number of voluntary authorities. The Department of Education, the Department for Employment and Learning, and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure retain overall responsibility for education, policy and finance.
The SEELB is also responsible for library provision within the Plan area.
It is currently the overall responsibility of the Eastern Health and Social Services Board, (EHSS) to assess the health and social care needs of Plan area residents and to secure the care to meet those needs in keeping with available resources. Provision of community health and social care services to meet those needs is the responsibility of the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust (an amalgamation of the former Ulster Community & Hospital Trust and Down Lisburn Trust). The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety retains overall responsibility for policy and funding of major capital works.
The following sub sections are included in the Education and Comunity Issues section: