Projects in health, education and other areas on hold due to Stormont stalemate
One year after the DUP walked away from a deal to restore the Stormont executive, we examine the fallout over the past 12 months and the likelihood of the institutions being restored anytime soon...
A PLANNED medical school at Ulster University's campus in Derry is among major projects on hold due to a lack of Stormont ministers.
The first intake of 60 students at the graduate entry school had been scheduled for this year.
Also in higher education, a final decision on whether to increase tuition fees has been left until ministers are back in place.
A 10-year plan to reshape the north's healthcare system, following the Bengoa recommendations, is also being held up.
In addition, there is little progress on the reconfiguration of stroke services and hospital emergency departments.
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Laws not applying here
Elsewhere, laws slashing the upper limit from £100 to £2 on fixed odds betting machines come into effect on April 1, but do not apply to the north.
The Department for Communities said any changes would have to be made by a devolved minister.
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Bookmakers have agreed to voluntarily limit the maximum stake in the meantime.
Child abuse compensation
Compensation to victims of child abuse in residential homes has also been held up by the continuing deadlock.
Payments were recommended by the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry but have not yet been made despite repeated appeals campaigners and politicians.
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