Review of the Schedule to the Rural Needs Act (NI) 2016

Consultation opened on 05 October 2020. Closing date 16 November 2020.


The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has commenced a consultation exercise to inform the review of the list of bodies and persons set out in the Schedule to the Rural Needs Act (NI) 2016.


Consultation description

The Rural Needs Act (NI) 2016 was introduced in 2016 with the aim of helping to ensure that consideration of the needs of people in rural areas became more firmly embedded within public authorities. 

The Act applies to Northern Ireland government departments, district councils and the other public authorities listed in the Schedule to the Act. 

The Department is undertaking a review of the bodies and persons set out in the Schedule and is interested in hearing the views of stakeholders on whether any amendments to the Schedule should be made. 

The consultation is being carried out by means of an online survey using Citizen Space (the Northern Ireland Civil Service online consultation tool) and will commence on Monday 5th October 2020. The consultation will run for six weeks closing at 23.59 on Monday 16th November 2020.

The consultation can be accessed at the following link:

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