Housing Executive meets Newry council to outline four year plan

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Thursday, October 8th, 2015
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The Housing Executive recently met with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council to outline its plans for the next four years and report on last year’s investment. landlordThe meeting represents the housing body’s annual consultation with local government and is the first with the newly established councils. The Housing Executive presented a Housing Investment Plan (HIP) which replaced the District Housing Plan of previous years. The Housing Executive is due to make a significant investment during 2015/16. It will support the delivery of new homes as well as invest £13.77 million upgrading and maintaining its properties, support people to live independently, increase the energy efficiency of homes and provide grant aid in the private sector. Through its landlord and regional services last year the Housing Executive invested £19.95 million in the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area. During the meeting the Housing Executive highlighted many of the achievements the organisation has made throughout Northern Ireland in the past year. Across Northern Ireland, the Housing Executive channelled some £200 million into services to help the most vulnerable which included £10 million on homelessness and £72 million through its Supporting People programme. This included delivering a large planned maintenance programme with work undertaken at 29,000 homes with a direct investment of £100 million in these homes. The private sector also received considerable support with £13.7 million spent through grants and £15.7 million in tackling fuel poverty. Speaking at the presentation to Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Trevor McCartney, the Housing Executive’s Director of Corporate Services said, “The Housing Executive works hard to maintain a good working relationship with councils and it is important this continues. “Our Housing Investment Plan has been informed by a range of stakeholders and was developed as a comprehensive conversation piece for the whole housing sector in Northern Ireland. “As the strategic housing authority for Northern Ireland we have prepared this plan to inform the community planning partnership on the state of the housing market, on housing needs, the policy priorities and public sector investment proposals for 2015-19. He added, “There is a lot of work that needs to be done to meet housing need, improve housing stock and provide support for the most vulnerable in our community. We at the Housing Executive will continue to play our part to ensure this work is delivered efficiently, effectively and judiciously.” In the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area the Housing Executive will also support those tenants who need help to live independently in their homes through the provision of adaptations. Last year it spent £415k on both major and minor works helping people live more comfortably in their homes. During 2015/16, in partnership with housing associations, 384 new homes are planned to be started in 30 schemes.

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