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The Department wishes to introduce measures to assist those living in the private rented sector in the face of the COVID 19 emergency with particular focus being in relation to financial assistance and prevention of evictions.

Published 06 April 2020Legislation and regulations

The Local Government Circular 08/2020 provides a set of consolidated guidance on councillor allowances.

Published 06 April 2020Circulars

The Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (General Levy) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 give effect to new rates to calculate the general levy payable by occupational pension schemes and personal pension schemes.

Published 03 April 2020Legislation and regulations

Discretionary Support was introduced as a Northern Ireland-specific scheme to replace Social Fund Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans for living expenses following their abolition as part of the package of welfare reforms.  The Discretionary Support policy was develope

Published 31 March 2020Legislation and regulations

The amounts of the automatic enrolment and re-enrolment earnings trigger (the earnings level at which an employee must be automatically enrolled) and the qualifying earnings band (the earnings on which contributions must be paid) are set out in the Pensions (No.

Published 30 March 2020Legislation and regulations

The proposed statutory rule allows earnings factors derived from historic earnings to be restated at current values (i.e. values at tax year 2020/21 determined by reference to Average Weekly Earnings (AWE) for 12 months ending September 2019.

Published 19 March 2020Legislation and regulations

This Order specifies the percentage by which the guaranteed minimum pension element of an individual’s occupational pension entitlement is increased with effect from 6th April 2020 (a person could accrue a guaranteed minimum pension in a contracted-out occupational pensi

Published 19 March 2020Legislation and regulations

Article 29 (1) of the Local Government (NI) Order 2005 confers powers on district councils in relation to emergencies.

Published 13 March 2020Circulars

Northern Ireland Homelessness Bulletin July - December 2019

The Northern Ireland Homelessness bulletin is a biannual publication which contains information on a range of areas relating to homelessness.

Published 12 March 2020Statistical reports

Local Government Circular LG 09/2020 – District Council (Northern Ireland) Rate Statistics 2020/2021

Published 12 March 2020Circulars

The Pensions Act 2004 set up the Pension Protection Fund, on a UK-wide basis, to provide compensation for members of eligible occupational pension schemes, where the sponsoring employer is insolvent and the scheme has insufficient assets to pay benefits at Fund compensation le

Published 11 March 2020Legislation and regulations

Section 170 of the Pension Schemes (Northern Ireland) Act 1993 allows for the administration costs of the Pensions Regulator and the Pensions Ombudsman, and in part the Money and Pensions Service to be recovered by means of an annual general levy on occupational and personal p

Published 11 March 2020Legislation and regulations

The Líofa Initiative Gaeltacht Bursary Scheme is a promotional, educational and life-long learning initiative to assist individuals who have undertaken a challenge to become fluent in Irish.

Published 06 March 2020Legislation and regulations

It is unlawful for letting agents to pass on fees to tenants for services that a letting agent carries out on behalf of a landlord under the Commission on Disposal of Land (NI) Order 1986.   For example, fees charged to show a prospective tenant a property.

Published 05 March 2020Speeches and statements

The rates of most social security benefits, pensions and lump sum payments are reviewed each year and usually up-rated in April. The legislation that provides for the increase in the rates is:

Published 04 March 2020Legislation and regulations

Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin October - December 2019

The Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin is a quarterly bulletin containing information on new housing starts and completions, homelessness, the NI House Price Index and new house sales and prices.

Published 27 February 2020Statistical reports

Steps 2 Success Statistical Bulletin - October 2014 to December 2019

The Steps 2 Success (S2S) Statistical Bulletin provides key statistical information for the Steps 2 Success programme.

Published 27 February 2020Statistical reports

Section 34(1) of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 1964 requires that the Department prepare an annual report of its proceedings under that Act and the Charities (Northern Ireland) Order 1987. 

Published 27 February 2020Financial plans and reports

Benefit Cap Statistics - November 2019

he Benefit Cap is a limit on the total amount of benefit that working-age people can receive. From 31 May 2016, the amount a household could receive in benefit income was limited to £26,000 per annum.

Published 26 February 2020Statistical reports

Universal Credit Statistics - November 2019

Universal Credit is a new payment to help support households that are out of work or are on a low income. Universal Credit was introduced in Northern Ireland on a phased geographical basis from 27 September 2017.

Published 26 February 2020Statistical reports

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