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Derry City and Strabane Investment Plans outlined

Published: Wed, 6 Sep 2017
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Senior staff recently met Derry City and Strabane District Council to update it on our plans for the next 12 months and on the previous year’s investment.
We are due to make a significant investment during 2017/18 in the Derry City and Strabane area to support the delivery of new homes.
£30.5 million will be invested in upgrading and maintaining its properties, supporting people to live independently, increasing the energy efficiency of homes and providing grant aid in the private sector.  
Through our landlord and regional services, last year we invested £50.65 million in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area. This includes grant aid to housing associations for the building of new houses to rent.
Our staff gave a presentation on its Housing Investment Plan (HIP) to local councillors, during which it highlighted many of the achievements the organisation has made throughout Northern Ireland in the past year.  
Across Northern Ireland, we channeled some £81 million into services to help the most vulnerable, which included £8.3 million on homelessness and £73 million through its Supporting People programme.
In addition, there was a large planned maintenance programme with work undertaken at 25,100 homes with a direct investment of £85.3 million in these homes.  
Homeowners and private landlords also received considerable support with £12 million spent through grants and over £15 million in tackling fuel poverty.
Speaking at the presentation to Derry City and Strabane District Council, Clark Bailie, our Chief Executive, said:  “Our Housing Investment Plan was informed by a range of stakeholders and developed as a comprehensive conversation piece for the whole housing sector in Northern Ireland.  
“The Housing Executive works hard to maintain a good working relationship with Derry City and Strabane District Council and it is important this continues.  
“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.  
“Lots of work needs to be done to meet housing need, improve housing stock and provide support for the most vulnerable in our community – we will continue to play our part to ensure this work is delivered efficiently and effectively.”
Maintaining its housing stock is a priority for the Housing Executive and this year in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area, the organisation will spend £15.95 million on planned and response maintenance to its homes, and a further £3.38 million on capital improvements.
This will include outside maintenance work to 1,350 homes and revenue replacements to 565 homes.
To address energy efficiency, heating installations will be carried out to 268 homes and double glazing to 165 homes.
In the Derry City and Strabane District Council area, we will also support those tenants who need help to live independently in their homes through the provision of adaptations.
Last year we spent £1.58m on both major and minor works helping people live more comfortably in their homes.
During 2017-20, in partnership with housing associations, around 1,161 new homes are planned throughout the area.
We endeavour to support the most vulnerable members of society through its Supporting People Programme.  
In 2017/18 the Housing Executive will invest £8.38m for housing support services.
We currently funds 71 sheltered and supported housing schemes in the Derry City and Strabane Council area as well as nine floating support services.
We continue to contribute to the private sector through a variety of grants to help adapt homes to support people living in their own homes for longer.  
Last year we approved 117 disabled facilities grants; and a small number of repair, renovation and replacement grants, totaling almost £1.6 million in all.  
Speaking at the presentation, our West Area Manager, Eddie Doherty, said; “Our district teams provide a high quality, dedicated housing service to the area.  
“Working alongside our Customer Services Unit, Accounts and Housing Benefit teams, we provide our tenants and the wider community with an effective and efficient service.
“We are committed to investing in the Derry City and Strabane area to improve the lives of people in our communities.
“My thanks are extended to the councillors and officers of Derry City and Strabane District Council for their support for the Housing Executive - we look forward to continuing to work with them on matters of mutual interest over the coming year.”