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About Us

The Local Government Staff Commission for Northern Ireland (the Commission) is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body established under the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972.  Its powers were later extended under the Housing Orders 1976 and 1981, and the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) (NI) Order 1992.

In general, the terms of reference for the Commission are to exercise:‘general oversight of matters connected with the recruitment, training and terms and conditions of employment of officers of councils and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and of making recommendations to councils and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive on such matters.'

The specific functions of the Commission are detailed in Section 40 (4) (a) - (f) of the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972.

Current and Future Status

In October 2013, following consultation on the future of the Commission, the then Environment Minister announced that the Commission, having implemented its important role in the reorganisation of local government programme, would no longer be required.  It was subsequently agreed by the NI Executive, at their meeting on 19 June 2014, that the Commission would be wound up on 31 March 2017 (2 years following the reorganisation of local government in April 2015).

As the NI Assembly is currently suspended, it has not been possible to have the necessary Dissolution Order in place to wind up the Commission as planned and its work is currently ongoing.

The Department for Communities decided to reconstitute the Commission membership with effect from 01 April 2017 (up to the final dissolution date).  As part of a phased redundancy plan, Commission staffing has been reduced from 11 to 4 with the facility to engage temporary staff and consultancy services as required.  In order to ensure ongoing effectiveness and to discharge it statutory functions the Commission has developed a Management and Dissolution Plan to enable it to continue until final dissolution.

The main Key Performance Areas as follows:

KEY PERFORMANCE AREA 1 – ESSENTIAL STATUTORY FUNCTIONS

The delivery of the Commission’s statutory functions during the management and dissolution period and the integration of designated functions within councils, including:

        Advisory Appointments Panels

        Code of Procedures on Recruitment & Selection

        Code of Conduct for Local Government Officers

        Negotiating Machinery

KEY PERFORMANCE AREA 2 – OVERSIGHT OF THE FUNCTIONS TRANSFERRED TO COUNCILS PRIOR TO 31 MARCH 2017

To maintain oversight of the functions already transferred to councils in line with the planned 31 March 2017 dissolution date, including:

        Training and development of officers of councils

        Advisory and support services

        Monitoring of Fair Employment Practices

This oversight ensures the proper discharge of the Commission’s functions.

KEY PERFORMANCE AREA 3 – CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

To ensure continuing good governance, accountability and operational management of the Commission as a statutory body, including:

        Sound System of Control (audit, risk etc.)

        Finance and Administration

        Orderly Dissolution Arrangements

The Commission publishes information via its Publication Scheme and operates within the guidelines set out in its Records Management Policy on Retention and Disposal which Is agreed by the Public Records Office for NI.

The Commission publishes a number of Corporate Documents as detailed below:

 

Strategic Plan 2016-17 and Business Plan 2016-17

Strategic Plan 2015-17 and Business Plan 2015-16

Management Statement 2011

Annual Report and Accounts 2016/17

Annual Report and Accounts 2015/16

Annual Audit Letter 2016/17

 

EQUALITY COMMITMENT

The Commission as an organisation is fully committed to meeting its equality obligations and has prepared a number of LGSC Equality documents. Please click here for quick access.

 

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Commission House, 18-22 Gordon Street,
Belfast BT1 2LG. Telephone: (028) 9031 3200
Fax: (028) 9031 3151. Email: info@lgsc.org.uk