Department for Communities


The scheme aims to provide some uniformity to shop front appearances and includes the installation of new frontages ... more
26 October 2016
Minister Givan has announced a £220,000 funding package to assist businesses in Carrickfergus town centre... more
26 October 2016
In quarter two of the 2016/17 financial year a total of 16,945 vacancies were notified to DfC.... 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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Sport strategy, stadiums and sports grounds, sports projects, games legacy and concussion awareness.

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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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Finding employment

Advice on training and support available for jobseekers. Support for people with disabilities from the Disability Employment service

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Finding staff

If you want to recruit the right employees for your company the Department’s Employment Service can help

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Arts and culture

Arts infrastructure and strategy, the creative industries, community festivals, architecture and built environment.

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Museums and libraries

The public library service, Libraries NI, National Museum Northern Ireland and the NI Museums Council.

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Support for children

Impartial information about child support maintenance for employers and advisers

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Historic environment

To support and sustain vibrant communities and a strong economy through realising the significant, ongoing value of our historic environment.

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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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Language policy and strategy encompassing Irish, Ulster-Scots and sign language.

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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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Equality and Good Relations

Equality, human rights and social change, good relations and building a united community.

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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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Local government

Details of how Local Government Policy Division supports councils in delivering strong and effective local government along with information on funding and finances.

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Public Record Office

The official archive for Northern Ireland, containing public records and privately deposited archives.

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Our documents


Access to information

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

The Minister

Paul Givan MLA was appointed Minister for the Department for Communities in May 2016


Management and structure

The department has strategic responsibility for equality, anti-poverty, sports, arts and culture, languages, finding employment, historic environment, housing, regeneration, benefits and pensions, community and voluntary sector development, social legislation and child support ...more

Contact us

Department for Communities
Causeway Exchange
1-7 Bedford Street
County Antrim


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