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Ritchie announces a further £6million for housing maintenance

Thursday, 26 November 2009

DSD Housing Minister Margaret Ritchie today announced a further £6million for social housing maintenance programmes.

The investment will ensure that a large number of additional improvement works will be carried out to thousands of houses right across Northern Ireland.

Minister Ritchie said: “The extra money will be spent on much-needed kitchen replacements and new heating systems, and will mean that thousands of people, who earlier in the year were not going to get this work done, will now have their homes improved.

“Just as importantly, the extra £6million will secure employment levels in the Housing Executive’s ‘Egan’ contractors who will have a large body of new work to carry out.

The Minister added: “The extra money for Egan contractors has been made possible by the additional financial resources I secured from within my departmental budgets.

“And the good news is that I hope to be able to find even more money towards the end of the financial year. This will mean that the Egan contractors will have been allocated an additional £20million in the course of the year on top of their initial budget of £16million. In the context of a very pressurised housing budget this is a great outcome for the Egan contractors, and for the thousands of construction sector workers who depend on those contracts for their livelihoods.”

Notes to editors:

  1. The Northern Ireland Housing Executive employs a small number of ‘Egan’ contractors to carry out all of its heating and kitchen replacement work and multi-element improvement works. There was growing concern that because of budgetary pressures, the Egan work was drying up and the contractors might have had to make large numbers of redundancies. This has now been averted.
  2. Media enquiries to DSD Information Office on 028 9082 9078. Out of office hours, please contact the Duty Press Office via pager number 07699 715440 and your call will be returned.