Major policy proposals and decisions and related background information
Information relating to DFP's major policy proposals and decisions are made available after the outcome of consultation with Ministers.
Census in Northern Ireland
The Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP)’s proposals for the 2011 Census in Northern Ireland are outlined on the NISRA website. The Census provides a once-in-a decade opportunity to get an accurate, comprehensive and consistent picture of the most valuable resource of Northern Ireland – its population - and a rich array of facts about it. The results are invaluable for policy formation, and the planning and effective targeting of resources. The Census provides the only source of directly comparable statistics for both small areas and small population groups, which are consistent across Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom. It is used as a reference base for many statistical series such as population estimates and projections and sample surveys.
The Review of Rating Policy was commissioned in May 2000 by the then Northern Ireland Executive. The first public consultation exercise on rating policy sought views on a wide range of options for reforming both the domestic and non-domestic sectors.
Since then a number of changes have been announced and implemented. These are detailed on the Rating Review website.