Belfast Telegraph

Jobs 'safe' under housing shake-up

A shake-up of the Housing Executive will not mean large-scale job losses, it has been claimed.

Current staff will still have to deliver services under a new and more affordable structure, Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland said.

He warned that the executive is no longer sustainable, nor makes the best use of taxpayers' money, and wants to attract investment from outside the public sector.

Unions have raised job concerns and some claimed privatisation to help pay the £5bn housing maintenance bill over the next three decades may increase rental rates to vulnerable tenants.

Mr McCausland said: "As I have made quite clear the staff in the Housing Executive currently delivering landlord and non-landlord functions will still have to deliver those functions but in different, more focused and financially sustainable, structures."

The minister wants to create a new regional housing body and separate landlord.

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