The Social Inclusion work sector was established in 1999 and has dealt with a variety of topics such as preventative spend, in particular in the context of an ageing population, which was the focus of the 2012-14 work programme, and carers policy which was the focus of the 2015-18 work programme.
At the most recent Social Inclusion Ministerial meeting held in Edinburgh in April 2018, Ministers discussed and reviewed the Report entitled Caring for our Carers: Supporting unpaid carers in the British-Irish Council Administrations, prepared by BIC Social Inclusion officials who visited the BIC Administrations to research the different approaches to tackling this area of mutual interest. In reviewing the report and as part of wider discussions, Ministers considered policy areas related to carers such as identifying carers; supporting young carers; supporting older carers; supporting bereaved carers; and supporting carers through the promotion of caring skills, self-care and technology-enabled care (TEC).
Ministers thanked the many voluntary and community organisations in each of the Administrations for their active engagement in the preparation of this Report and for providing site visits and presentations to officials throughout the duration of the Carers topic of this work sector. Ministers commended the Report as a further rich contribution to the shared learning that is at the heart of the work of the British Irish Council.
The Social Inclusion work sector is jointly led by the Welsh Government and the Scottish Government.
The proposed new work topic of social enterprise was signed off at the Guernsey Summit in June 2018 by Heads of the BIC Administrations.
Social enterprises seek to make profits, but are committed to reinvesting these into a social mission, for example, delivering community services, creating employment for disadvantaged people or protecting the environment.
This innovative way of doing business is increasingly being recognised as a means to address some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems.
Communiqués from Previous Ministerial Meetings