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Lisburn & Castlereagh Investment Plan outlined

Published: Wed, 30 Nov 2016
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Senior Housing Executive staff recently met Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council for an update on our four year plan (2015-19) and to report on last year’s investment.
We are due to make a significant investment during 2016/17 in the  Lisburn and Castlereagh City area to support the delivery of new homes.
£14.33 million will also be invested in upgrading and maintaining our 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 £21.57 million in the Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council area, this includes grant aid to Housing Associations for the building of new houses to rent.
Our staff gave a presentation on our Housing Investment Plan (HIP) to local Councillors, during which many of the achievements the organisation has made throughout Northern Ireland in the past year were highlighted.
Speaking at the presentation to Lisburn and 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 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.”
Across Northern Ireland, the Housing Executive channeled some £81million 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 Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council Aengus Hannaway, our local Area Manager, said; “Our team in Lisburn and Castlereagh provide a high quality, dedicated housing service to the area.
“We provide our tenants and the wider community with an effective and efficient service.
“We are committed to investing in the Lisburn and Casltereagh areas to improve the lives of people in our community.
“My thanks are extended to the Councillors and officers of the 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.”
Maintaining its housing stock is a priority and this year in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area we will spend £6.65 million on planned and response maintenance to its homes.
This will include outside maintenance work to 1033 homes, heating installation to 70 homes, multi element improvements to 83 homes, revenue replacement to 276 homes and smoke alarms installed into 987 homes.
In the Lisburn and Castlereagh City 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 £740,105 on both major and minor works helping people live more comfortably in their homes.
During 2016/19, in partnership with housing associations, around 134 new homes are planned throughout the city.
We endeavour to support the most vulnerable members of society through its Supporting People Programme.
In 2016/17 we will invest over £4.71 for housing support services in Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council area.
We currently funds 70 accommodation and floating support services  in the council area.
We continue 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 we approved 44 disabled facilities grants totaling £369k and private sector grants of £180k.