Reform of Local Government
As part of the Reform of Local Government some functions currently carried out by NI Government Departments are to be carried out by the 11 new councils. DSD's urban regeneration and community development powers and budgets are due to be conferred on local councils from 1 April 2016.
How DSD is affected by the reforms
As part of the Reform of Local Government programme, the Northern Ireland Executive agreed to transfer some functions currently carried out by NI Government Departments and give some new responsibilities to the 11 new Councils. Many of these functions transferred from 1 April 2015. However, the DSD's social need and regeneration powers will not be extended to Councils until 1 April 2016.
The reform of Local Government provides a real opportunity to bring about a step change in the delivery of local regeneration and community development by putting the power, resources and the decisions in the hands of democratically elected Councils, leaving the Executive and Departments to set strategic direction. .
These pages will give some detail about the planned 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.