Social Housing news in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland specialist

Senior reporter, Inside Housing

Heather Spurr

Senior reporter and campaign editor


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NIFHA chief executive to leave

02/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

The chief executive of Northern Ireland’s housing association representative body is set to leave to take over at the helm of a specialist older people’s landlord.

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Homelessness on the rise in Northern Ireland

10/11/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

Homelessness in Northern Ireland has risen by 6% over the past three years, according to Crisis UK’s latest Homelessness Monitor.


'Intimidation points' under review in Northern Ireland

07/11/2016 | By Chloë Stothart

The system for rehousing victims of intimidation in Northern Ireland is being reviewed as part of an overhaul of the housing allocations system after allegations that it is unfair.


NIFHA: 2,000 homes ambition would be threatened by reclassification


An ambition to increase housebuilding to 2,000 social homes annually in Northern Ireland would be threatened by this week’s expected reclassification of housing associations unless ministers act swiftly, landlords have warned.

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Date set for ONS Home Nations decision

20/09/2016 | By Pete Apps

The classification decision on housing associations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be announced on 29 September.


Lending faces 'challenges' following deregulation

16/09/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The Scottish Housing Regulator has pledged to work with the government and lenders to head off any negative impact because of deregulation.

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'Councils must release land' NI finance minister says

05/09/2016 | By Heather Spurr

Northern Ireland’s finance minister has called on councils to “step up” and release more land for development.

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ONS decision due within weeks

22/08/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) will announce its decision on the classification of housing associations in the remaining Home Nations in the coming weeks.

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Northern Ireland beats social housing target

10/08/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The number of new social homes started in Northern Ireland last year has exceeded the government’s 1,500 homes target, but it is still down on the previous year.

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CIH: Poll shows support for NIHE development

26/07/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The Chartered Institute of Housing has called on Stormont to support the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, saying new research shows housing professionals want to see the landlord return to house building.

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CIH calls for NI housebuilding target

25/07/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The Northern Ireland Executive should include housebuilding targets in its plans for the next five years of government.

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NIHE repairs contracts announced

08/07/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Northern Irish Housing Executive (NIHE) has named four contractors to carry out up to £1bn of repairs across its 87,000 homes over the next 10 years.

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NI landlords calls for broader housing measures

01/06/2016 | By Heather Spurr

Housing associations are calling on the Northern Ireland Executive to broaden its measure for gauging new housing supply.


Associations to demonstrate outside Stormont

09/05/2016 | By Heather Spurr

Housing associations are set to demonstrate outside Stormont in favour of a 10% increase in Supporting People funding, as political parties thrash out a programme for government.


NI housing associations to merge

04/05/2016 | By Heather Spurr

Two housing associations in Northern Ireland managing a combined 12,000 homes have announced plans to merge.

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CIH calls for NI public land release

15/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The next Northern Ireland government should introduce targets for releasing public sector land, a housing body has said ahead of elections next month.

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Political battle looms over NIHE's future

13/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has pledged to transfer stock away from Northern Ireland’s largest social landlord if it is successful in May’s elections.

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ONS to review devolved regions' associations

08/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has confirmed it will review whether to reclassify housing associations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as public bodies.


Housing associations defy minister's rent freeze call

24/02/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The Northern Irish Government’s call for housing associations to freeze their rents for one year has been rejected by a majority of landlords.

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NIHE rent freeze confirmed

15/02/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The 90,000-home Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) is to freeze rents for one year while the government conducts a review of rent policy.


CIH NI calls for PRS licensing

05/02/2016 | By Carl Brown

The Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland has called for mandatory licensing of private landlords.

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Call for joint venture support in NI

21/01/2016 | By Jonathan Bunn

The Northern Ireland Executive should do more to support joint ventures involving housing associations, an independent report has recommended.

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Report calls for extra payments to NI claimants

21/01/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Supplementary payments should be made to employed Universal Credit claimants in Northern Ireland, a working group has recommended.

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NIHE director 'broke conflict of interest rules'

07/01/2016 | By Heather Spurr

An executive at one of the UK’s largest social landlords “disregarded” conflict of interest rules over land deals, a watchdog has said.

For use in Inside Housing, 8 January 2016

Hundreds still homeless following flooding

06/01/2016 | By Lucy Alderson

Hundreds of social housing tenants are still living in temporary accommodation due to the floods which swept through parts of the UK over the Christmas period.