Social Housing Reform Programme

The Minister for Social Development announced, in January 2013, proposals to overhaul the delivery of social housing in Northern Ireland through the Social Housing Reform Programme (SHRP).

The stated vision of the programme is to create: "Housing structures that support the provision of social and affordable homes, in thriving communities where people are proud to live.”

The programme has four aims which are:

  1. Improve housing structures, making the system financially sustainable for tenants and the NI Executive.
  2. Ensure delivery of well maintained housing stock and increase investment in social housing more generally.
  3. Improve the focus on strategy and regional delivery of services.
  4. Create space and freedom for social landlords to play a more proactive and innovative role in the communities they serve.

To deliver these aims four projects have been set up within the programme.

Rent, Regulation and Inspection project

This project will look at the options for rent policy and regulation of social housing in Northern Ireland. Departmental Functions.

Governance and Local Government Engagement project

This project will look at departmental functions and how the structures will interact.

Regional Housing Body project

This project will look at the options for delivery of the regional (non-landlord) functions of the Housing Executive in the future.

Landlord Re-structuring project

This project will look at the options for delivery of landlord functions of the Housing Executive in the future.

There are also two enabling projects, Human Resources and Legislation, which will look at the staffing and legislative implications of the proposed changes. A background paper on the SHRP was produced for the Social Development Committee and is available on the DSD website.

NICVA will be coordinating upcoming events on the SHRP. Please check our events page for more information.