Housing in Northern Ireland
Edited by Peter Shanks and David Mullins
Northern Ireland’s housing market is very distinctive and it is the only part of the UK which shares features of its market with an adjoining republic. The pattern of housing investment has also been different, with a long period in which the public sector invested strongly as one of the key social programmes intended to help reduce social inequalities and work towards resolving Northern Ireland’s political conflicts. Even now, while public investment has been reduced, housing associations play a more prominent role in new supply than is the case in the rest of Britain.
This book is a completely new one, written against the background of several years of devolved government in Northern Ireland, and bringing up to date the story told in the previous (2001) edition that was edited by Chris Paris. Expert contributors describe Northern Ireland’s unique housing market and explore issues like the planning system and housing, the growth of second-home ownership and the role of the private rented sector. A new way of measuring housing affordability in Northern Ireland is proposed. Progress in improving housing conditions is critically assessed.
Authors also cover the recent evolution of social housing and the changing roles of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and of housing associations. They discuss progress in reducing community conflict and in dealing with relatively recent issues of integrating ethnic minority groups and accommodating migrant workers. They assess the state of housing-related support. Inequality in housing is a perennial issue in Northern Ireland, argued to be at the root of the Troubles, and progress in dealing with it is examined. Finally, comparisons are made between evolving housing policy in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.
The book will be invaluable to policy-makers, practitioners, academics and students who are involved in or want to know about Northern Ireland’s unique housing story.
Housing in Northern Ireland is published by the Chartered Institute of Housing and – when launched – will be available from http://www.cih.org/thebookshop