27/04/2006

Government invite comment on housing law proposals

The government has today announced proposals to change the way the way the Social Housing Development Programme is managed.

Social Development Minister David Hanson launched a public consultation exercise in order to obtain opinions on proposed changes to the existing law and procedures.

This was a continuation of a public consultation on the proposed policy in May 2005.

The main proposal in the document is to transfer responsibility for the management of the Social Housing Development Programme from the Department for Social Development to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

Speaking earlier, the Social Development Minister said: "The delivery of the Social Housing Development Programme in Northern Ireland remains a high priority for Government.

This proposal will enable the Department to concentrate attention on the development of strategies, policies and legislation to improve housing in Northern Ireland."

The Minister continued: "The proposed changes are designed to provide greater public transparency and accountability by separating operational and strategic responsibilities.”

Mr Hanson concluded by saying that this will allow the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Registered Housing Associations to focus on the delivery of new social homes and to build on the excellent partnership the NIHE and RHA's have developed under the existing arrangements for delivery of the development programme.

(EF)

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