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Cambridge Centre for Housing & Planning Research


The Housing Division of the Department for Social Development (DSD) commissioned a research project designed to make a significant contribution to a fundamental review of social housing allocations in Northern Ireland. The purpose of the review was to ensure that the processes of applying for and letting social housing make the most effective use of scarce public resources in identifying and meeting housing need, within the context of broader government priorities.

The review was in two parts. Part 1 examined the current state of allocations in Northern Ireland and drew on  interviews with all the relevant stakeholders including the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and individual housing associations. Part 2 explored best practice in allocations policies across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The project was conducted jointly with colleagues at the University of Ulster. A final report synthesised the two studies and provided recommendations for the DSD to take forward.

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Northern Ireland Department for Social Development

Project Start Date

12th October 2012