Welcome to the National Association of Councillors Northern Ireland We are the only body that represents, and is run by, all Northern Ireland’s local councillors. We work to improve councillors’ pay and conditions both to help them do their job more effectively and to reflect the hard work they put in to help their constituents.
028 9181 9413
naoc@btconnect.com
National Association of Councillors Northern Ireland
The NAC provides help with all individual problems relating to remuneration, tax, welfare benefits, expenses, elections, ethics and other issues affecting councillors.
National Association of Councillors Northern Ireland Sketrick House, Jubilee Road, Newtownards BT23 4YH Phone/fax: 028 9181 9413 Email: naoc@btconnect.com
DCA carers – widened eligibility
The Department for Communities has agreed on a broader definition of eligibility for paid carers under the Dependants’ Carers’ Allowance. Previous guidelines stated that no family member is eligible to be a paid carer. New guidelines permit as paid carer any family member who does not normally live in the household and is  not a parent/guardian of the dependent child. This means siblings, grandparents, non-resident children and other family members are now eligible. This change follows lobbying by the National Association of Councillors.
Latest News – Code of Conduct Insurance Following lobbying by the National Association of Councillors, nine out of the eleven councils have now arranged Code of Conduct insurance for councillors. This means the councils will pay any legal costs incurred in contesting Code of Conduct complaints, provided the councillor is subsequently found not to have breached the Code. If a breach is confirmed however, the councillor will have to reimburse the council. The only two councils who have not yet arranged Code of Conduct insurance are Ards & North Down Borough Council and Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council. We are hoping that in due course all eleven councils will be providing insurance cover, as the financial burden on individual councillors could otherwise be considerable.
If  you have any problem or query relating to your work as a councillor, if there is anything you think would make the job easier, if there is any help or support we could give you, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
Councillor Mervyn Jones The National Association of Councillors was saddened to learn of the recent unexpected passing of our colleague and friend Councillor Mervyn Jones, at the age of 66. He passionately supported the Association and was Chairman of NAC Northern Ireland from 2013 to 2015. His huge knowledge of local government functions and procedures was invaluable and helped us enormously in our work for local councillors. He will be greatly missed.
Welcome to the National Association of Councillors Northern Ireland We are the only body that represents, and is run by, all Northern Ireland’s local councillors. We work to improve councillors’ pay and conditions both to help them do their job more effectively and to reflect the hard work they put in to help their constituents.
028 9181 9413
naoc@btconnect.com
National Association of Councillors Northern Ireland
The NAC provides help with all individual problems relating to remuneration, tax, welfare benefits, expenses, elections, ethics and other issues affecting councillors.
National Association of Councillors Northern Ireland Sketrick House, Jubilee Road, Newtownards BT23 4YH Phone/fax: 028 9181 9413 Email: naoc@btconnect.com
Latest News
Latest News – Code of Conduct Insurance Following lobbying by the National Association of Councillors, nine out of the eleven councils have now arranged Code of Conduct insurance for councillors. This means the councils will pay any legal costs incurred in contesting Code of Conduct complaints, provided the councillor is subsequently found not to have breached the Code. If a breach is confirmed however, the councillor will have to reimburse the council. The only two councils who have not yet arranged Code of Conduct insurance are Ards & North Down Borough Council and Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council. We are hoping that in due course all eleven councils will be providing insurance cover, as the financial burden on individual councillors could otherwise be considerable.
If  you have any problem or query relating to your work as a councillor, if there is anything you think would make the job easier, if there is any help or support we could give you, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
Councillor Mervyn Jones The National Association of Councillors was saddened to learn of the recent unexpected passing of our colleague and friend Councillor Mervyn Jones, at the age of 66. He passionately supported the Association and was Chairman of NAC Northern Ireland from 2013 to 2015. His huge knowledge of local government functions and procedures was invaluable and helped us enormously in our work for local councillors. He will be greatly missed.
DCA carers – widened eligibility The Department for Communities has agreed on a broader definition of eligibility for paid carers under the Dependants’ Carers’ Allowance. Previous guidelines stated that no family member is eligible to be a paid carer. New guidelines permit as paid carer any family member who does not normally live in the household and is  not a parent/guardian of the dependent child. This means siblings, grandparents, non-resident children and other family members are now eligible. This change follows lobbying by the National Association of Councillors.