How many staff to be redeployed from NW Development Office

Question

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the number of North West Development Office staff that will be redeployed within the Northern Ireland Civil Service as a result of the closure of that office.

Answer

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 (URCDG) and include 44 staff in the North West Development Office. 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. Should the councils identify any posts to be filled by DSD staff (on temporary secondment) with experience in urban regeneration and community development, these will be made available to all URCDG staff at the appropriate grade to apply should they wish to do so. Staff remaining in North West Development Office will be redeployed to posts in the Northern Ireland Civil Service.  

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