Department for Communities


The bulletin provides an overview of referrals, starts and employment outcomes for the programme ... more
22 February 2017
This provides an up to date and concise overview of the main benefits administered by the Department for Communities... more
22 February 2017
The bulletin contains estimates of the levels and trends of pensioners’ incomes in Northern Ireland... 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

Historic Monuments; Historic Buildings; Historic Parks and Gardens; Maritime Heritage; Industrial Heritage; Defence Heritage and Archaeology.

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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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Good Relations and Social Change

Good relations and social change, 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


Benefit Leaflet Issuing Service leaflet list

Published: 23 February 2017

NICIFC withdrawal form

Published: 24 February 2017

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

DfC is responsible for 8 indicators in the NI Executive’s Programme for Government and has strategic responsibility for housing, anti-poverty, disability, benefits, pensions, sports, arts, culture, languages, historic environment, regeneration, voluntary sector development, child support...more

Contact us

Department for Communities
Causeway Exchange
1-7 Bedford Street
County Antrim
Telephone: 028 9082 9000
Alternatively contact us using our feedback form.
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