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National Fraud Initiative – Level 2 Fair Processing Notice

Newry Mourne and Down District Council is required by law to protect the public funds it administers.  It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.  The Local Government Auditor audits the accounts of this Council.

The Comptroller and Auditor General is responsible for carrying out data matching exercises under his powers in Articles 4A to 4G of the Audit and Accountability (Northern Ireland) Order 2003. Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. This is usually personal information. Computerised data matching allows fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found, it may indicate that there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.

The Comptroller and Auditor General currently requires us to participate in a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Comptroller and Auditor General for matching.  Details are set out in the NIAO’s website, 

The use of data by the Comptroller and Auditor General in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority, and in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Data matching by the Comptroller and Auditor General is subject to a Code of Practice. This may be found at 

For further information on the Comptroller and Auditor General’s legal powers and the reasons why he matches particular information, see the NIAO website at   For further information on data matching at Newry, Mourne and Down District Council contact Gerard Byrne, Audit Services Manager on 028 3031 3140. 

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act was passed in 2000, the act was devised to enhance the provision of quality information to members of the public.

It was passed to promote a culture of openness and accountability amongst public authorities by providing people with rights of access to the information held by them and facilitate better public understanding of how public authorities carry out their duties, why they make the decisions they do and how they spend public money.

To make a request please write to or

Lyndsey Moore
Legal Advisor
Newry Mourne and Down District Council
Downshire Civic Centre
Downshire Estate,
Ardglass Road
BT30 6GQ

When we receive your request for information, we will first of all ensure that the information is not already routinely published by the Council, in which case we will simply forward you the information or advise where it can be found.

If the information you request is not routinely made available, then we will ascertain if we hold that information and if we do, we will forward it to you within 20 working days of receiving your request, providing no exemptions or exceptions apply.

If we feel that we need additional information from you to be able to deal with your request, we will contact you for further details.  This may lengthen the response time.

We believe that, where possible, information should be available to you at no cost. If a charge is applicable, we will contact you to ensure that you are willing to pay the fee.

There is no charge to make a request.

Please see list of available downloads below:

Audit of Accounts 2014-15

Decade of Centenaries Grant Programme 2016

Council Constitution








Procurement (Purchasing) Policies: 

Procurement Policy - 2014 Click Here

Procurement Policy - 2015 Click Here


Scheme of Allowances

Schedule of Meetings

Council Committee Members

Emergency Planning

For Emergency Planning information please visit the legacy Council's web pages:

Newry and Mourne District Council


Down District Council

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Financial Assistance Programme Application Forms

Corporate Plan

Welcome to our Corporate Plan for 2015-2019. This period heralds a new era for our District, as a new Council (Newry, Mourne & Down District Council) is established following the amalgamation of Newry & Mourne District Council with Down District Council.

This is both an exciting, as well as a challenging time for us all. Although recent economic data points to a recovery which is well underway and real opportunities for future economic prosperity, we continue to have a significant number of areas of social deprivation.

To Read more about our Corporate Plan click here

Schedule of Prompt Payments Quarters

Summer Coaching Scheme 2016

Councillor Costs 12 Months 31 March 2016

Register of Interests

Statement of Accounts for Year Ended 31 March 2016

Making a Complaint about the Conduct of a Councillor

Audit of Accounts 2015-16

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