NIPSA, the largest Public Service Union representing staff in the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, cautiously welcomes the recent announcement from the DFC Minister in respect of Social Housing need and the need to invest in not only building new houses but also protecting and maintaining existing properties.

NIPSA in the NIHE welcome the commitment to protect existing staff throughout this period of change.

The key issues for NIPSA are to ensure the expertise of the NIHE as the cornerstone for fair and equitable social housing in the community with accountability to Government is maintained and we do not fall into the trap of giving away our most valuable asset without accountability.

NIPSA welcomes the opportunity to explore and engage with the Department and its representatives in the new proposed model and, in particular, the commitment to build on good practice and ensure the mistakes of previous models are learned from and not repeated.

Terry Thomas
Assistant Secretary (Acting)