How many NWDO staff will transfer to council
To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the number of North West Development Office staff that will be transferring to local councils in the North West.
The Regeneration Bill currently progressing through the Assembly provides the legislative basis for the Department for Social Development to transfer urban regeneration and community development powers to local government from 1 April 2016. As my Department will mainly be transferring powers rather than functions, there will be no compulsory transfer of DSD staff to local councils as a result of these powers transferring. Staff working in this area will become surplus when those powers transfer. These staff are within the Department’s Urban Regeneration and Community Development Group and include 44 staff in the North West Development Office. Staff will not be transferring to local councils however arrangements are in place to support capacity building and business continuity in local government by providing the new councils with access to DSD staff (on temporary secondment) who have experience in urban regeneration and community development. Officials in my Department wrote to new Council Chief Executives earlier this month asking for any secondment requirements they may have. Staff in North West Development Office can apply for any secondment requirements identified, including those in Derry and Strabane Council. Secondments could be for a period of up to 2 years.