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Devolution of powers from the UK Government has given the Northern Ireland Assembly legislative control of 'transferred matters', mostly in social and economic fields. However, the ambitions set out in the Westminster government's policies relating to social inclusion may have an impact across the United Kingdom.
The concept of community cohesion is an important one in Northern Ireland given the background of sectarian divide. Responsibility for issues bearing on social inclusion is shared between several government departments, but it is the Department for Communities which has primary responsibility for social inclusion, including community cohesion and addressing disadvantage and inequalities.