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Rural Needs Impact Assessments (RNIA)

Rural Needs Impact Assessments (RNIA)

The Rural Needs Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 introduced a duty on Northern Ireland government departments, district councils and other public authorities to have “due regard to rural needs when developing, adopting, implementing or revising policies, strategies and plans, and when designing and delivering public services”.

The Act means that Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council must carry out rural needs impact assessments on relevant policies, strategies and plans.

We also have to report on how we comply with the rural needs duty in an annual monitoring report to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), which oversees the operation of the Act.

Annual monitoring reports from all applicable public authorities are compiled into an overall monitoring report which is published on the DAERA website.

Annual Monitoring reports to DAERA

If you are having any difficulties in viewing or accessing a specific Rural Needs Impact Assessment report please contact the Policy, Equality & Diversity Team using the details below.

Policy, Equality & Diversity Team
Old Armagh City Hospital
39 Abbey Street
BT61 7DY
Telephone: 0300 0300 900