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Department for Social Development


The Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary provides an overview of the main Social Security Agency benefits ... more
23 November 2015
Unused grass area in Drumtara, within the Ballee estate, to be transformed into a community gardening and allotment site... more
23 November 2015
Share their thoughts on a number of questions to help shape future policy... 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

The Social Security Agency – read 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 Social Security Agency, 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

Mervyn was first elected to Ballymoney Borough Council in 2001 and has held the position of Vice Chairman of the Economic Development Committee 


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