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Social housing's clients should drive change

EAMONN McCann's piece on the Housing Executive (DebateNI, January 29) presents a highly partial and confused picture of our social housing reform process.

Some time ago, the Housing Executive board approved the transfer of up to 2,000 of its homes most in need of refurbishment to housing associations that can borrow privately to help fund these major works.

All involved in the NIHE reforms understand that this is only the assessment stage and that final decisions will be made by the Northern Ireland Executive.

NIHE pay and pensions can be protected. But, ultimately, what should drive this process is what is best for existing tenants and those in housing need.

While the NIHE has done a great job over 40 years, new structures may now serve us better.

CAMERON WATT

CEO, Northern Ireland Federation

of Housing Associations

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