Rural Needs Impact Assessments

The Rural Needs Act (NI) 2016 imposes a duty on public authorities to have due regard to rural needs when carrying out certain activities and a duty to compile information on the exercise of the duties.

The following policies have been the subject of Rural Needs Impact Assessments:

Policy Published

Northern Ireland Teachers' Pension Scheme: Proposed changes to scheme regulations


Fair Start KA1: Roma 0-6 Early Intervention Pilot 11/09/22
DE Corporate Plan 2023-2028 30/08/22
The Engage Programme III 29/07/22
Digital Devices 2021-2022 13/06/22

Mainstreaming Shared Education Strategy


Period Products (Free Provision) Regulations – Department of Education Public Service Bodies

Post Primary - Transfer 2023, 2024 and 2025 - Additional Places 31/01/22

Deferring School Starting Age

Northern Ireland Teachers' Pension Scheme - Proposed Changes to Scheme Regulations 20/12/21

Childcare Financial Support from 1 April 2021


The Engage II Programme


Outdoor Spaces for Play and Learning in Special Schools 30/07/21
Summer Scheme Programme 2021 24/05/21

Children & Young People's Emotional Health and Wellbeing in Education Framework 


Childcare Covid-19 funding – September 2020 – March 2021 04/03/21
Engage Special Schools Programme  25/02/21
A Life Deserved - Caring for Children & Young People in Northern Ireland Strategy 19/02/21
Childcare Recovery Support Fund 25/11/20
SEN Framework 2020 30/09/20
Impact of COVID-19 - Alternative Awarding Arrangements for Occupational Studies and Entry Level Qualifications 13/08/20


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