Reform of Local Government
From 1 April 2015 the number of Councils in Northern Ireland will reduce from 26 to 11 under the Reform of Local Government (RLG).
As part of the reform 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 will transfer from 1 April 2015. However, the DSD's social need and regeneration powers will not be extended to Councils until 1 April 2016.
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.