Plans outlined for Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon
Published: Wed, 29 Aug 2018
Our senior staff recently met Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough 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 Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon area, during 2018/19, to support the delivery of new homes.
£26.18m 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 £27.49m in the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area, this includes grant aid to Housing Associations for the building and rental of new houses.
Staff gave a presentation on our Housing Investment Plan (HIP) to local Councillors, during which they highlighted many of the 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 Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Siobhan McCauley, our Director of Regional Services 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 has a good working relationship with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough 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 £16.9m in the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area, on planned and response maintenance to its homes.
This will include outside maintenance work to 1,802 homes, heating installations in 600 homes, kitchen replacements in 499 homes and double glazing in 199 homes.
Next year, we plan to invest almost £2.92m on stock improvements and adaptations for persons with a disability.
During 2018/21, in partnership with housing associations, around 107 new homes are planned throughout the Borough.
The Housing Executive endeavours to support the most vulnerable members of society through its Supporting People Programme.
In 2018/19, we will invest over £4.65m for housing support services.
We currently fund 59 accommodation based services for 997 service users in the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough as well as 5 floating support services for 318 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 92 disabled facilities grants, 49 repairs grants and a small number of renovation grants totalling £963k.
Speaking at the Presentation, our Regional Manager for the South Region, Comghal McQuillan said; “Our South Regional 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 Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough, to improve the lives of people in our community.
“My thanks are extended to the Councillors and Officers of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough 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.”