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Local Government

Local Government Policy Division supports councils in delivering strong and effective local government. This means that we lay the foundations for a system of local government which meets the needs of ratepayers and users of district council services and facilities.

The Division is also responsible for local government reform, giving effect to the Executive’s decision following the Review of Public Administration, to reduce the number of councils in Northern Ireland from 26 to 11.

Functions of Local Government Policy Division

  • Develop policy and legislation to facilitate the transition from 26 to 11 councils;
  • 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 liaison with, councils;
  • Oversee the Local Government Staff Commission (LGSC) Opens in a new window. and the Northern Ireland Local Government Officers' Superannuation Committee (NILGOSC); Opens in a new window. and
  • Liaise with the Chief Local Government Auditor.

The reform of local government

Read more about the local government reform programme and the latest information on the local government boundaries legislation.

Further Information