Northern Ireland’s social housing partnerships: meeting housing need in difficult times

Nicholas Acheson, Jenny Muir

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    Partnerships between government and third sector organisations, and among third sector organisations, to deliver key public services are well established in many states. But with the advent of more stringent public finances these structures are required to fulfil new tasks and find new ways of operating to protect frontline services while managing reduced budgets. The return of fully functioning devolution in Northern Ireland from May 2007 occurred just before the onset of the ‘credit crunch’ and a renewed focus on efficiency in public services. This scoping paper reviews the impact of the changing economic and governance contexts on two important aspects of Northern Ireland’s social housing provision: housing support services funded through the Supporting People programme; and the procurement of new social housing developments. Both include a complex mix of collaborative and contractual arrangements involving the public, private and voluntary/ third sectors. Through examining different forms of third sector partnerships and governance in these two elements of social housing in Northern Ireland, the paper reviews how policy-makers, funders and practitioners understand and actively engage with funding limitations in the face of unmet needs. New forms of institutional response are discussed, including whether and how these responses may impact on service outcomes. The paper assesses how the dynamics of public/ private/ third sector relationships are adapting to new circumstances, which in Northern Ireland include devolution of housing and social care policy and budget-making powers to the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive. The implications of the case are discussed.
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    Publication statusPublished - 13 Apr 2011
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    Acheson, N., & Muir, J. (2011). Northern Ireland’s social housing partnerships: meeting housing need in difficult times. In Unknown Host Publication (pp. 1-27)
    Acheson, Nicholas ; Muir, Jenny. / Northern Ireland’s social housing partnerships: meeting housing need in difficult times. Unknown Host Publication. 2011. pp. 1-27
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(2009) ‘ Civicness: from Civil Society to Civic Services’ Voluntas 20 (3): 220 – 238 DFP (2010) Northern Ireland Public Procurement Policy (version 5), Belfast: Department of Finance and Personnel Central Procurement Directorate DHSSPS (2007) ‘Promoting the Social Inclusion of People with a Mental Health Problem or a Learning Disability’, the Bamford Review of Mental Health and Learning Disability Northern Ireland, Belfast, Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety DSD (2008) Procurement Strategy for the Social Housing Development Programme, Belfast: Department for Social Development. DSD (2010) Housing Association Guide, Belfast: Department for Social Development. DETR (1998) Rethinking Construction: the report of the construction task force (Egan Report), London: Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions. Elliott, S. (2010) ‘Devolution in the United Kingdom: A Settlement or an Evolving Process?’ in Rea, D. (ed.) 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Northern Ireland Assembly (2008) the Supporting People Programme, Research Paper 133/08, Belfast, Research and Library Services, NI Assembly NICVA (2009) the State of the Sector V, Belfast, Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action NIA (2008a) The New Housing Agenda for Northern Ireland, Research and Library Services Briefing Note 108/08, Belfast: Northern Ireland Assembly. NIA (2008b) Procurement and Social Housing, Research and Library Services Briefing Note 130/08, Belfast: Northern Ireland Assembly. NIA (2009) Procurement Partnerships and Social Housing, Research and Library Services Briefing Note 80/09, Belfast: Northern Ireland Assembly. NIA (2011) Final Budget 2011-15, Research and Library Services Briefing Note 40/11, Belfast: Northern Ireland Assembly. NIAO (2009) General Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland – 2009, Belfast: Northern Ireland Audit Office. 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