Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Setting record straight on HE

Weekend magazine (January 19) reported that DSD minister Nelson McCausland had announced that the Housing Executive was to be broken up and its range of roles undertaken by various housing associations across Northern Ireland.

It went on to say that the minister hopes its 90,000 homes will transfer to these housing associations. Both suggestions are entirely incorrect.

The minister has made clear that these proposals are at the very early stages of development and that there will be a period of consultation on how this vision can be delivered.

No decisions have yet been taken and the detailed work on developing the proposals has yet to be completed.

He also made clear that, under the proposals, there were central roles to play for DSD with regard to policy, strategy and inspection, a regional housing body delivering the non-landlord functions of the Housing Executive and a landlord function outwith the public sector focused on tenants and providing quality social housing. To suggest that these non-landlord functions would be taken on by housing associations in entirely incorrect.

The recent announcement about the fundamental review of the Housing Executive also does not affect the house sales scheme.

GRAINNE McCONNELL

DSD Press office

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