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Lisburn & Castlereagh Investment Plans outlined

Published: Wed, 29 Aug 2018
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We are due to make a significant investment in the Lisburn and Castlereagh area
Senior staff recently met Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council for an update on our plans for the next year and to report on last year’s investment.  
We are due to make a significant investment in the Lisburn and Castlereagh area, during 2018/19, to support the delivery of new homes.
£25.16m was invested in 2017/18 upgrading and maintaining our properties, supporting people to live independently, increasing the energy efficiency of homes and providing grant aid in the private sector.  £17m plus New Build Investment will be made available in 2018/19.
Our staff gave a presentation on our Housing Investment Plan (HIP) to local Councillors, during which they highlighted many of our achievements made throughout Northern Ireland, over the past year.
Across Northern Ireland, we channelled some £82.3m into services to help the most vulnerable, which included £9.5m on homelessness and £72.8m through our Supporting People Programme.
In addition, there was a large planned maintenance programme, with work undertaken at 23,093 homes; a direct investment of £118.4m to these homes.  
Homeowners and private landlords also received considerable support, with £13.97m spent through grants and over £18.8m in tackling fuel poverty.
Speaking at the Presentation to Lisburn & Castlereagh City 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 Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council and it is important this continues.  
“As the strategic housing authority for Northern Ireland, we have prepared this Housing Investment 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, to improve housing stock and to 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 our housing stock is a priority, and this year we will spend £9.1m in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area, on planned and response maintenance to our homes and grounds.
This will include external maintenance work to 2,805 homes, heating installation in 508 homes and kitchens/bathrooms in 882 homes.
Next year, we plan to invest almost £3.48m on stock improvements and adaptations for persons with a disability.
During 2018/21, in partnership with housing associations, around 613 new homes are planned throughout the Lisburn & Castlereagh area.
We endeavour to support the most vulnerable members of society through our Supporting People Programme.  
In 2018/19, we will invest over £4.13m for housing support services.
We currently fund 68 accommodation based services for 1,212 service users in the Belfast area as well as 2 floating support services for 87 service users.
We continue to contribute to the private sector through a variety of grants to help adapt homes and to support people living in their own home, for longer.  
Last year, we approved 57 disabled facilities grants and a small number of repair and renovation grants totalling £728k.  
Speaking at the Presentation, our Manager for Lisburn and Castlereagh, Aengus Hannaway said;
“Our Lisburn and Castlereagh 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 Lisburn & Castlereagh area, to improve the lives of people in our community.
“My thanks are extended to the Councillors and Officers of Lisburn & Castlereagh City 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.”