Housing Executive meets local councils
Published: Fri, 12 Aug 2016
Our senior staff recently met with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council to update it on our plans for the next four years and report on last year’s investment.
This is part of our annual consultation with local government.
The Housing Executive is due to make a significant investment during 2016/17 in the area. It will support the delivery of new homes as well as invest £17.05m 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 £29.36m in the Mid and East Antrim Borough 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 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. This included delivering a large planned maintenance programme with work undertaken at 25,100 homes with a direct investment of £85.3 million in these homes.
The private sector also received considerable support with £12 million spent through grants and over £15 million in tackling fuel poverty.
Speaking at the presentation to Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Siobhan McCauley, the Housing Executive’s Director of Regional 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 was informed by a range of stakeholders and 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.
“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.”
Maintaining its housing stock is a priority for the Housing Executive and this year in Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area the organisation will spend nearly £8.57 million on planned and response maintenance to its homes. This will include outside maintenance work to 804 homes, the replacement of smoke alarms in 365 homes, the installation of kitchens in 315 homes, new heating for 257 homes and double glazing in 132 homes.
In the Mid and East Antrim Borough 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 £249k on both major and minor works helping people live more comfortably in their homes.
During 2016/19, in partnership with housing associations, 453 new homes are planned for starting in 25 schemes.
The Housing Executive endeavours to support the most vulnerable members of society through its Supporting People Programme. In 2016/17 it will invest almost £5.6m for housing support services. The Housing Executive currently funds 67 sheltered and supported housing schemes in Mid and East Antrim Borough Council as well as three floating support services.
The Housing Executive continues to contribute to the private sector through a variety of grants to help adapt homes to support people living in their own home for longer. Last year it approved 67 disabled facilities grants and a small number of repair, discretionary grants and renovation grants with a value of nearly £588k.
After the presentation Frank O’Connor, North Region Manager, commented:
“Our teams in Ballymena, Carrickfergus, and Larne provide a high quality dedicated housing service to the Borough Council area. They work alongside our Customer Services Unit, Accounts and Housing Benefit teams to provide our tenants and the wider community with an effective and efficient service.
“Last year we made a substantial financial investment in the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council along with a contribution which cannot be measured in such terms but makes a significant impact on the local community.
“I would like to extend my thanks to the councillors and officers of the Borough Council for their support to the Housing Executive. We look forward to continuing to work with them on matters of mutual interest in the coming year.”