Reform Information

1. Councillor’s Remuneration & Severance Information

Current Councillors Allowances Circular April 2014 (link to DoE website)

Local Government Circular April 2015, Councillors Allowances guidance for District Council in Northern Ireland (link to guidance)

2. Legislation

Local Government Act (NI) 2014 (link to Legislation)  

Local Government Finance Act (NI) 2011 (link to Legislation)

Planning Act (NI) 2011 (link to Legislation) 

Standing Orders Regulations & Model Standing Orders (draft) (link to DoE website)

Transitional Provisions Regulations 2014 (link to Legislation) 

Code of Conduct for Councillors (link to DoE website) 

Time off for Public Duties (link to Nidirect)

3. Reform Communications

Regional Communication Strategy (link to NILGA website)  

4. Community Planning

Community Planning sections of Local Government Act (NI) 2014 (link to Legislation)

NI Community Planning Foundation Programme (link to DoE website)

Community Planning.net – general information (link to community planning.net website)

Information on Community Planning in Scotland (link to Scottish Government website)

Community Planning Toolkit (link to website)

Guidance for Community Planning in Wales (link to Welsh Government website) 

5. General Power of Competence
General Power of Competence sections of Local Government Act (NI) 2014 (link to Legislation)
 
English Local Government Association paper – Empowering councils to make a difference (link to Local Government Association website)
 

LGiU blog on ideas arising from a seminar on the General Power of Competence (link to LGiU website)  

6. Ethical Standards

Code of Conduct for Councillors (link to DoE website)

Code of Conduct for Council Staff (draft) (link to Local Government Staff Commission website)

Protocol on Officer/Member Relations (draft) (link to Local government staff commission website)

Draft guidance on Planning section of Code of Conduct for Councillors (link to consultation paper)

7. Finance & Rating

Funding of Local Government (link to DoE website)
Local Government Finance Act 2011 (link to legislation)
Northern Ireland Audit Office (link to website)
Local Government Financial Audit (link to NIAO website)
Property Rating in Northern Ireland (link to DFP website)
A Guide to Rates (link to Nidirect)

8. Human Resources

Local Government Staff Commission (link to website)
Local Government Training Group (link to website)
Local Government Reform Joint Forum (link to website)
Code of Procedures on Recruitment and Selection (link to document)
Public Service Commission (link to website)
9. Planning
Shaping our Future – NI Regional Development Strategy (link to DRD website)
Existing Guidance on Local Development Planning for Northern Ireland (link to website)
Local Development Planning in Scotland (link to website)
Local Development Planning Guidance for England (link to website)
Local Development Planning in Wales (link to website)
Development Planning Guidelines for the Republic of Ireland (link to website)
10. Governance
NILGA Councillors’ Guide (link to Guide on NILGA website)
Local Government Executive Arrangements Regulations (draft) (link to DoE Consultation paper)