Classification of Registered Housing Associations in Northern Ireland: Consultation two – The Future of the House Sales Schemes

Consultation opened on 03 July 2018. Closing date 24 September 2018 at 17:00.

Summary

This public consultation document is the next stage of the Department’s work in response to the decision by the Office for National Statistics to reclassify Registered Housing Associations to the public sector. This consultation seeks the view of interested parties on the future of the House Sales Schemes.

Documents

Consultation description

In this consultation we are seeking your views on the future of the House Sales Schemes. This is because without changes to the schemes it is unlikely that we will be able to have the Office for National Statistics reverse their decision. The House Sales Schemes are Northern Ireland’s equivalent to the Right to Buy Schemes in other jurisdictions.

Registered Housing Associations are the only organisations that develop new social homes in Northern Ireland. The decision of the Office for National Statistics has the potential to significantly reduce the amount of money available for the Northern Ireland Executive’s programme for developing new social homes, thus reducing the number of social homes being developed each year. There would also be a major knock on effect on the waiting lists for social homes.

The consultation outlines different proposals for the future of the schemes and seeks your views on each.

Public Events

The Department will hold a number of public events as outlined below to facilitate discussion on this document and consultation;

Venue Date/Time Event Type Registration
Skainos Centre
241 Newtownards Road
Belfast
BT4 1AF
 
24 July 2018
2pm - 4pm

7pm - 9pm
 

Presentation

Drop-in

Register online

Not Required
NICVA
61 Duncairn Gardens
Belfast
BT15 2GB
 
25 July 2018
2pm - 4pm

7pm - 9pm

Presentation

Drop-in

Register online

Not Required
The Braid
Ballymena Town Hall
1-29 Bridge Street
Ballymena
BT43 5EJ
 
1 August 2018
10am - 12pm

2pm - 4pm

Presentation

Drop-in

Register online

Not Required
Seagoe Hotel
22 Upper Church Lane
Portadown
Craigavon
BT63 5JE
 
8 August 2018
10am - 12pm

2pm - 4pm

Presentation

Drop-in

Register online

Not Required
Millennium Forum
3 Newmarket Street
Londonderry
BT48 6EB
 
15 August 2018
2pm - 4pm

7pm - 9pm

Presentation

Drop-in

Register online

Not Required
Fermanagh House
Broadmeadow Place
Enniskillen
Co Fermanagh
BT74 7HR
 
22 August 2018
10am - 12pm

2pm - 4pm

Presentation

Drop-in

Register online

Not Required
Canal Court Hotel
Merchants Quay
Newry
BT35 8HF
 
29 August 2018
10am - 12pm

2pm - 4pm

Presentation

Drop-in

Register online

Not Required

 

Ways to respond

Email -
ONS.BillTeam@communities-ni.gov.uk
Write to -
Classification Consultation
Department for Communities
Lv3, Causeway Exchange
1-7 Bedford Street
BELFAST
BT2 7EG

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