Social Housing in NI
Updated: 20 May 2018
This section contains specially commissioned professional and academic reports into various aspects of social housing policy and practice.
A review of the Affordability of Social Rents in Northern Ireland (2017)
Commissioned in 2016 by the Housing Executive on behalf of the Department for Communities to inform the Social Housing Reform Programme, this study considered the possible impacts of a gradual rise in Housing Executive rents in the context of a more transparent and equitable system of rents for social tenants, which would also help sustain the financial viability of social landlords.
It should be noted that the analysis was completed before the UK Government’s decision in October 2017 that Local Housing Allowance rates would not be applied to social and supported housing from April 2019, as had previously been proposed.
The Cost of Poor Housing in Northern Ireland
This report summarises the results of a research project commissioned by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and BRE Trust to apply a methodology developed to calculate the cost of poor housing in England and Wales to the housing of Northern Ireland.
Third Sector Housing Partnerships (June 2013)
This report is the result of a three-year collaboration between the Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham, the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast and the Institute for Research in Social Sciences at University of Ulster. The main focus of this work was on partnership structures, drivers and barriers, processes impacts and learning from partnership working.
Review of Social Rent Setting in Northern Ireland (February 2013)
This report, produced by a team from Newhaven Research, the University of Glasgow, University of York and University College Dublin, explores the pattern of rents in the social housing sector in Northern Ireland and considers the scope for the development and implementation of a harmonised rent-setting regime. The study, which was commissioned by the Housing Executive on behalf of the Department for Social Development, aims to inform policy development by updating an initial project carried out in 2007.