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Social Housing Reform Programme

Changing Social Housing in Northern Ireland

In January 2013 the Minister for Social Development announced proposals to radically change the way social housing is delivered in Northern Ireland. The vision is to create:
"Housing structures that support the provision of social and affordable homes, in thriving communities where people are proud to live”.

Programme Aims

  • Improve housing structures, making the system financially sustainable for tenants and the NI Executive.
  • Ensure delivery of well maintained housing stock and increase investment in social housing more generally.
  • Improve the focus on strategy and regional delivery of services.
  • Create space and freedom for social landlords to play a more proactive and innovative role in the communities they serve.
The DSD Minister has said that his "proposals seek to establish a housing model that is tenant-focused, that is sustainable and that enables investment in our communities”

The Projects

A Social Housing Reform Programme has been set up to take forward these proposals. The four main projects are:
Rent, Regulation & Inspection project
This project will look at the options for rent policy and regulation of social housing in Northern Ireland.
Departmental Functions, Governance & Local Government Engagement project
This project will look at departmental functions and how the structures will interact.
Regional Housing Body project
This project will look at the options for delivery of the regional (non-landlord) functions of the Housing Executive in the future.
Landlord Re-structuring project
This project will look at the options for delivery of landlord functions of the Housing Executive in the future.
There are also two enabling projects, Human Resources and Legislation, which will look at the staffing and legislative implications of the proposed changes.

For more information on the Social Housing Reform Programme

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If you have any comments, questions or feedback on the Social Housing Reform Programme please email shrp@dsdni.gov.uk