Rural Needs Annual Monitoring Reports

The Rural Needs Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 (the Act) received Royal Assent on 9th May 2016 and came into effect on the 1st June 2017 for Northern Ireland departments and district councils.

The Act has been implemented on a phased basis with Phase 1 covering government departments and local councils commencing on 1 June 2017 and Phase 2 covering the other public authorities listed in the Schedule to the Act commencing on 1 June 2018. 

The Act introduced a new duty on Northern Ireland departments, district councils and the other public authorities listed in the Schedule to the Act to have due regard to rural needs when developing, adopting, implementing or revising policies, strategies and plans and designing and delivering public services. The purpose of the Act is to ensure that public authorities have due regard to the social and economic needs of people in rural areas when carrying out certain activities and to provide a mechanism for ensuring greater transparency in relation to how public authorities consider rural needs when undertaking these activities.

 

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