The RHI Scheme: How poor Governance can erode public trust

Date: Tuesday 20 April 2021
Venue: Webinar
Time: 1.00pm to 2.00pm BST
CPD: 1 hour

The NI Branch will hold our third CPD event of the year via video conference using Zoom on 20th April 2021 at 1pm.

With ESG issues increasingly at the fore, and ambitious climate change targets firmly on the global agenda, it’s more important than ever that local government encourages its citizens to adopt sustainable renewable energy in its many forms. When done well, the benefits are broad and far reaching and will accelerate the speed at which we reach net zero. When executed poorly the consequences are twofold; it can not only hit the public purse significantly, but more importantly it can have a detrimental effect on the confidence in, and adoption of, future schemes.

Northern Ireland’s Renewable Heat Incentives (“RHI”) scheme is our case in point, where a string of governance related failures around the scheme meant that it was widely abused and will ultimately cost an as yet unquantifiable sum of taxpayers' money and severely damaged public confidence, leading to an absentee government for over three years. For our event Sam McBride, who is a renowned political commentator, newspaper editor and author of ‘Burned’, will examine the governance related issues around the RHI scheme. We will observe the lessons learnt following the fallout, and how better governance controls and practices can be adopted to ensure a similar scandal does not occur and that faith in Northern Ireland’s government can be restored.

Our speaker for this event will be Sam McBride, Political Editor of the Belfast News Letter and Northern Ireland political editor of i newspaper in London.

Sam McBride

At this event we will hear from Sam McBride, the author of Sunday Times and Irish Times bestseller 'Burned: The Inside Story of the Cash-for-Ash Scandal', we will consider the key factors that contributed to the scandal, the impacts and knock-on effects and what lessons have been learned as a result.

Sam McBride is the Political Editor of the Belfast News Letter, one of Northern Ireland’s daily newspapers and the Northern Ireland political editor of i newspaper in London. Sam is a regular commentator on regional and national television and radio.

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