Review of Public Administration (RPA)
What is RPA?
The Review of Public Administration (RPA) was launched by the Northern Ireland Executive in June 2002 with the remit of reviewing the arrangements for the accountability, development, administration and delivery of public services in Northern Ireland. Following the restoration of a devolved administration, the Executive reviewed the proposals and the outcome was announced, on 31st March 2008, by the Minister of the Environment.
The main RPA issues specifically affecting DSD are:
- the transfer to local Councils of urban regeneration operational delivery functions and the delivery of support for the voluntary and community sector at local level; and
- the transfer also of some housing functions, namely those in respect of houses in multiple occupation, housing unfitness, including repair and demolition notices, Living over the shop scheme, and local energy conservation.
Current PositionIn June 2010 the Executive concluded that it would not be possible to create the 11 new councils together with their new functions in 2011 as planned and a revised timetable has not been agreed. We await decisions by the Executive on the way forward.