Functions of Local Government & Housing Regulation Division
- provide a legislative and policy framework to allow councils to guide local public services (including issuing Local Government circulars)
- perform Local Government consultations on new local government policy and legislation
- pay the Rates Support Grant and De-rating Grant to councils
- develop methods to improve the administration, finance and audit of Local Government
- oversee and liaise with councils
- oversee the Local Government Staff Commission (LGSC) and the Northern Ireland Local Government Officers' Superannuation Committee (NILGOSC)
- liaise with the Chief Local Government Auditor
LGHRD has the responsibility to produce and update legislation for district councils. This is divided into Primary and Subordinate (Secondary) Legislation:
Primary Legislation provides a framework for:
Subordinate Legislation governs a number of council functions, such as:
- burial grounds
- entertainment licences
Consultations and Policy Development
Consultations are an essential part of policy development. They provide the necessary feedback on proposals for legislative change in local government. As well as having your say, public feedback makes local government’s policies more informed and effective.
The Department requests District Council prompt payments performance. These figures are published on a quarterly basis. Information and guidance are available.
Code of conduct
The Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 2014 introduces an ethical standards framework for Local Government. Section 53 of that Act permits the Department to introduce a Northern Ireland Local Government Code of Conduct for Councillors.
The code applies to councillors of the current 11 new councils, it also applies to any non-elected person who is appointed to a council committee.
The Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 2014 also provides for the investigation and adjudication of alleged breaches of the Code and this is the responsibility of the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Complaints. The act also provides for sanctions to be applied if a councillor is found to be in breach of the Code. These include-
- no further action to be taken
- partial suspension (eg. from a particular committee or for a particular time period)
Any allegations of a breach of the Code must be sent in writing to the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Complaints at –The Ombudsman
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Local Government boundaries
In June 2012, the Northern Ireland Assembly approved the Local Government (Boundaries) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012.
This sets the boundaries of the 11 local government districts as well as the number, boundaries and names of the wards into which each district will be divided.
The online map allows you to see councils areas, wards and District Electoral Areas (DEAs) and the relevant councillors in each district.
Maps of council districts and wards are also available to view or download in PDF format
District rates as struck by each district council for the forthcoming 2020/21 financial year.
Local Government Pension Scheme
The Local Government Pension Scheme (Northern Ireland) (LGPS (NI)) is a statutory public service pension scheme for employees of local government and other bodies, including the Education Authority, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Translink and Housing Associations.
Partnership Panel for Northern Ireland
The Partnership Panel (‘The Panel’), which is chaired by the DfC Minister, was established to provide a structured relationship between central and local government, to promote collaboration and synergies between Ministers and councillors; and to provide opportunities for joint policy formation to enhance the co-ordination and delivery of better outcomes for our society. The Panel is expected to meet three times a year and minutes will be published following each meeting.