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Explanatory Memorandum to Local Government (Northern Ireland) Order 2005

Background and Policy Objectives

4.The Order will make the following changes to the legal and regulatory framework pertaining to district councils in Northern Ireland:

  • extending the powers of local government auditors;

  • providing a statutory basis for councils to carry out emergency planning;

  • amending the Litter (NI) Order 1994 to allow councils to retain receipts from fixed penalties that are levied for littering and dog-fouling;

  • giving councils powers to regulate businesses carrying on cosmetic piercing and semi-permanent skin-colouring;

  • amending section 115(2) of the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972 (c.9) to allow the amounts councils can spend on special purposes to be varied, by means of subordinate legislation;

  • enabling the Department to make provision, by order, conferring on councils the power to provide indemnities to their members and officers; and

  • amending the Superannuation (Northern Ireland) Order 1972 (NI 10) to provide that regulations made under Article 9 of that Order may require the Northern Ireland Local Government Officers’ Superannuation Committee to prepare its financial statements in accordance with guidance issued by the Department of Finance and Personnel.

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