Research Papers 2016

Synopsis: Below you will find details of Research Publications which have been prepared by the Research and Information Service (RaISe) for the Committee for Communities in 2016.

Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill - Assessing the Costs

- Date: 14/11/2016

On 19 September 2016 the Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill (the Bill) was introduced in the Assembly by the Minister of the Department for the Communities. This ‘Review of Bill Costs’ aims to facilitate financial scrutiny of the Bill, as undertaken by the Assembly’s Committee for Communities and individual Members. The Review should be read in conjunction with RaISe Bill Paper NIAR 340-16 (14 November 2016), wherein policy issues are addressed.


Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill

- Date: 14/11/2016

This Bill Paper provides an overview of the Licensing of Clubs (Amendment) Bill, as introduced to the Assembly on 19th September 2016. The paper identifies areas within the Bill which may benefit from further scrutiny. Members may also wish to refer to a separate paper, Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill – Assessing the Costs (NIAR 372-16) which provides a framework for financial scrutiny of the Bill. (This paper has been temporarily withdrawn)

Diversity and Public Appointments in Northern Ireland

- Date: 13/10/2016

This Briefing Paper has been produced in the context of issues relating to diversity in public appointments raised in the Committee for Communities on 15 September 2016. The paper summarises the system for public appointments in Northern Ireland and outlines the profile of boards of public bodies.


The re-classification of Housing Associations in England – implications for Northern Ireland

- Date: 16/09/2016

In October 2015, the Office for National Statistics announced that registered housing associations in England would be reclassified from Private Non-Financial Corporations to Public Non-Financial Corporations for the purposes of the UK National Accounts. This paper provides an overview of the ONS decision on reclassification and its potential implications for Northern Ireland.


What do we know about homelessness in NI? An overview of some of the evidence-base

- Date: 05/07/2016

The purpose of this briefing paper is to provide an overview of recent research on homelessness in Northern Ireland. It is by no means exhaustive, rather its intention is to provide the Committee with a flavour of some of the existing and emerging issues.