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|Increasing the supply of social housing|
In 2007 around 16% (113,000) of Northern Ireland’s housing was managed by the NI Housing Executive or registered housing associations. This number has been decreasing over the years. This is partly due to the impact of the House Sales Scheme which enables tenants to buy their homes and partly due to the low level of new social housing being built. According to some analysts there is a need for 2500 new social dwellings per year until 2011 to meet housing need. In 2007/08 the target for new build was set at 1500.
There are a number of initiatives being examined including the introduction of private developer contributions towards affordable housing and ensuring land is made available for social housing development. A number of recommendations around the supply of social housing is contained in a recent report into affordability . Around £205 million has also been pledged over a three year period to allow 5250 new social dwellings to be completed by 2011.
We are not convinced that the government target for social housing completions is sufficient. Adequate investment in social housing must be a priority for the NI Assembly. We also support