Welcome to the Home Page of the Committee for Social Development. The committee was established to advise and assist the Minister for Social Development, Nelson McCausland MLA, on matters within his responsibility as a Minister. The committee undertakes a scrutiny, policy development and consultation role with respect to the Department for Social Development and plays a key role in the consideration and development of legislation. The Committee Chairperson is Mr Alex Maskey.
Here you will find information about the Committee membership and the work of the Committee.
The Committee for Social Development will hold its next meeting on 6 November 2014 at 10.00am in Room 29 Parliament Buildings. The meeting will begin in closed session to facilitate a legal briefing and consideration of issues relating to the Committee’s Inquiry.
The Committee will then move into open session to take evidence from DSD official, Michael Sands, in respect of its Inquiry into allegations, arising from a BBC NI Spotlight programme aired on 3 July 2013 of impropriety or irregularity relating to NIHE managed contracts and consideration of any resulting actions.
The Committee will also take evidence for its Inquiry from former Red Sky Managing Directors Peter Cooke and Norman Hayes.
Following this, the Committee will receive a briefing on the introduction of the Pensions Bill from officials from the Department for Social Development.
Forthcoming business will be published in the Business Diary.
In a BBC NI Spotlight programme, which aired on 3 July 2013, allegations were made of wrongful political interference in the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, potential breaches of the Ministerial Code of Conduct and misleading the Assembly and the Committee for Social Development.
The Minister appeared before the Committee on 4 July 2013 to respond to these allegations. At the start of the meeting the Committee agreed to hold an inquiry, subject to advice from the Assembly’s Legal Services about how that inquiry might be conducted, its terms of reference, scope and so on.
You can find out how the inquiry is progressing here.
The Committee published its report on the 23 July 2014.
Local housing needs are changing. Many people have been affected by negative equity, falling incomes and the shortfall of suitable and affordable social housing.
The Assembly’s Social Development Committee which oversees the work of the Department and advises the Minister is determined to develop an inclusive and sustainable approach to local housing.
A housing event, organised by the Committee, heard from both groups and individuals working in the local housing sector. Their views will help to inform and set the agenda for the Committee’s continuing work on this important issue.
Around 180 representatives from the voluntary and community sector came together in the Stormont Hotel on Tuesday 2 October to talk about how the sector could work together to deliver social change.
Chairperson of the Assembly's Social Development Committee, Alex Maskey MLA was on hand to deliver a keynote address. Read more...
The Welfare Reform Bill and the effect it will have in Northern Ireland was top of the agenda at a special conference attended by the Assembly’s Committee for Social Development and hosted by NICVA and the Law Centre (NI) on Tuesday 6 March.
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The Committee for Social Development pictured on a visit to Ballymena Town Hall where Members heard from Ballymena Borough Council Officials including the Lord Mayor P J McAvoy on the Council's work on Town Centre Regeneration. Pictured L-R are Committee Member Michael Copeland MLA, Committee Chairperson Alex Maskey MLA, Committee Member Fra McCann MLA, Ballymena Lord Mayor PJ McAvoy, Committee Deputy Chairperson Micky Brady MLA and Cllr Maurice Mills, Chair of the Economic Growth & Development Committee, Ballymena Borough Council.
The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Social Development pictured with members of the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC). Front Centre l-r Committee for Social Development Chairperson Alex Maskey MLA and SSAC Chairperson Paul Gray. The Committee received a briefing from the SSAC on its work on Welfare Reform and discussed a range of concerns regarding the potential impact of the Welfare Reform Bill on the vulnerable.