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Building Northern Ireland’s Future NIFHA Manifesto for 2017 Assembly Elections

Key housing challenges to 2021 include:

  • Reclassification of housing associations as public bodies threatens our ability to build;
  • Significant undersupply of new homes of all types and tenures;
  • Forthcoming welfare changes could overwhelm low-income families;
  • Providing housing, care and support to our ageing population;
  • 90% of social housing estates are still single-identity.

To meet these challenges we need the following:

  1. Urgent legislation to help reverse housing associations’ reclassification as public bodies;
  2. 1,500 new social homes each year through annual capital budget of £100m;
  3. High-quality care and support through 10% increase in Supporting People budget;
  4. Robust scrutiny and mitigation of further proposed welfare changes;
  5. Step-change in delivery of new shared housing.

To read the NIFHA Manifesto for 2017 Assembly Elections, click here.