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Reform of Local Government

From April 2015 the number of Councils in Northern Ireland will reduce from 26 to 11 under the Reform of Local Government (RLG). From that date the Northern Ireland Executive has agreed to transfer some functions currently carried out by NI Government Departments and give some new responsibilities to the 11 new Councils.
The Reform of Local Government will mean big changes to the work of DSD.  From that date the power to do urban regeneration and community development in Northern Ireland will be extended to the 11 new councils.  Some housing functions will also be transferred to them from the NI Housing Executive.
These pages will give some detail about the DSD changes:
If you have any questions about the Reform of Local Government and how it affects the work of DSD please visit the Reform of Local Government office page for contact details for the RLG Programme Team.