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Department for Communities starts awareness campaign on benefit changes

The new Department for Communities (DfC) came into effect on 9 May.

The functions of the new department include:

  • the roles and responsibilities of the former Department for Social Development (DSD).
  • Employment Service and Economic Inactivity Strategy from the former Department of Employment and Learning (DEL)
  • debt advice and financial capability strategy from the former Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI);
  • local government from the former Department of the Environment (DOE), including Built Heritage from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA);
  • the existing functions of the former Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL), excluding inland fisheries & waterways.

A number of functions were also transferred from the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister (OFMDFM).

The Department has started an information campaign on benefit changes, including information posted on www.nidirect.gov.uk/welfarechanges 

Members of the public with general queries on the benefit changes are invited to contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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