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Department for Social Development


From 8 May 2016, NI Civil Service Departments are being restructured ... more
28 April 2016
Contains information on starts, completions, homelessness, Residential Property Price Index, new house sale and prices... more
31 March 2016
The Urban Rural Report is produced annually and estimates and trends of various household characteristics... more

Our responsibilities


Social housing providers, reform of social housing, help and advice for private rented and social housing tenants, housing legislation

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Urban regeneration

Programmes that target social need through social, economic and physical regeneration of cities, towns and villages, local government reform

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Benefits and pensions

To find out more about benefits, pensions, benefit fraud, welfare changes, private pensions and legislation that governs our work

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Support for children

Impartial information about child support maintenance for employers and advisers

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Voluntary and community

Policy and strategy in the voluntary and community sector, volunteering and community development advice and guidance

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DSD law and legislation

Information on the law relating to housing, social security and child support, decisions by Commissioners on social security benefits - also information on social law

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Appeals Service

Appealing against decisions made by the Department, including Child Maintenance Service, Northern Ireland Housing Executive 

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Statistics and research

Statistics and research that help guide the Department on policy,  planning and decision making

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Our documents

Access to information

How to request information from the Department for Social Development including Freedom of Information (FOI) and the use of our Publication Scheme.

The Minister

Department for Social Development

Maurice is one of Northern Ireland’s longest serving public representatives, having been first elected to Fermanagh District Council in 1973. 


Management and structure

The department has strategic responsibility for urban regeneration, community and voluntary sector development, social legislation, housing, social security benefits, pensions and child support ...more



Contact us

Department for Social Development
Lighthouse Building
1 Cromac Place
Gasworks Business Park
Ormeau Road

Telephone: 028 9082 9000
Email: homepage@dsdni.gov.uk