Press Releases

Here you will find links to the Press Releases issued by the Social Development Committee arranged with the most recent at the top of the list.

23/07/2014
Social Development Committee publishes report

The Committee for Social Development has today published its Report on an inquiry into allegations arising from a BBC NI Spotlight programme which aired on 3 July 2013.

Reference: SD 07/13/14
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11/06/2014
Committee Expresses Concern Over Delays on Planned Maintenance Agreement

At its meeting of 10 June 2014 the Committee for Social Development expressed serious concerns on the delay in the Department’s approval of an agreement between the Housing Executive and contractors on alleged planned maintenance overpayments.

Reference: SD 05/13/14
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20/03/2014
Committee Visits Newry to See Town Centre Regeneration

The Committee for Social Development visited Newry where they held their weekly meeting in Bagenal’s Castle.

Reference: SD 05/13/14
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06/03/2014
Committee Voices Frustration at Lack of Cooperation by BBC

The Committee for Social Development today voiced its disappointment over the BBC’s failure to date, to provide information on its Inquiry into decisions relating to Housing Executive contracts.

Reference: SD 04/13/14
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27/02/2014
Committee Urges Communities to Have Their Say on Anti-social Behaviour

The Assembly Committee for Social Development has welcomed Minister McCausland’s decision to give the public more time to comment on tackling anti-social behaviour in housing.

Reference: SD 03/13/14
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13/02/2014
Department Obstructing Housing Executive Inquiry Says Committee

The Committee for Social Development has voiced concern at departmental delays in providing information for the inquiry into allegations made against Minister Nelson McCausland MLA in a BBC Spotlight programme.

Reference: SD 02/13/14
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18/10/2013
Social Development Committee Launches Inquiry

The Assembly Committee for Social Development has just launched an inquiry into allegations arising from a BBC NI Spotlight programme which aired on 3 July 2013.

Reference: SD 01/13/14
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20/06/2013
Committee Visits Coleraine to See Town Centre Regeneration

The Committee for Social Development today visited Coleraine Borough Council. Following their meeting, Members received a briefing from Council officials on local Neighbourhood Renewal schemes.

Reference: SD 06/12/13
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20/06/2013
Committee Seeks Urgent Answers on Housing Executive Contracts

The Assembly Committee for Social Development was briefed today by Donald Hoodless, the recently appointed Chairperson of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Dr John McPeake, the Chief Executive of the Housing Executive. The meeting, focused on the recent report into the organisation’s mishandling of planned maintenance contracts which has revealed that overpayments have been made to 6 contractors totalling an estimated £18m.

Reference: SD 07/12/13
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06/06/2013
High Levels of Local Housing Repossessions Must Be Tackled Says Committee

The Assembly Committee for Social Development held an important event today in conjunction with the Housing Rights Service to look at the increasing levels of repossessions and local households affected by negative equity.

Reference: SD 05/12/13
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23/05/2013
Committee Visits Ballymena to See Town Centre Regeneration

The Assembly’s Committee for Social Development today visited Ballymena where they held their weekly meeting in the Town Hall. Following a briefing from Departmental officials on the work of the High Street Taskforce, the Committee received an update from Ballymena Council officials on the progress of their Business Improvement District (BID).

Reference: SD 04/12/13
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16/05/2013
Ballynafeigh is Beacon of Hope for Shared Future Says Assembly Committee

Members of the Assembly Committee for Social Development today visited Ballynafeigh Community Development Association (BCDA) in South Belfast to see at first-hand how the Housing Executive’s ‘Shared Communities Programme’ has had a positive impact on the local neighbourhood and on the residents who live there.

Reference: SD 03/12/13
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11/04/2013
Committee Event Lays Foundations for Future of Housing

Members of the Assembly Committee for Social Development met today with stakeholders from across the local housing sector to discuss the key issues surrounding the future of local housing.

Reference: SD 02/12/13
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28/02/2013
Committee launches Welfare Reform Bill Report

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Social Development today launched its report on the Welfare Reform Bill. The Bill, which is acknowledged as the most radical reform of the welfare system in a generation, is set to be debated in the Assembly in early April 2013.

Reference: SD 01/12/13
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03/07/2012
Assembly Committee Concerned Over Housing Executive Maintenance Contracts
Reference: SD 13/11/12
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28/05/2012
Collaboration is Key to Reducing Fuel Poverty Says Assembly Committee
Reference: SD 12/11/12
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17/02/2012
Committee Welcomes Reinstatement of Arts Funding
Reference: SD 11/11/12
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16/01/2012
Committee Seeks Assurances on Future of Helm Housing Association
Reference: SD 10/11/12
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15/12/2011
Groups Brief Assembly Committee on Proposed Welfare Reform
Reference: SD 09/11/12
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16/11/2011
Solutions to Fuel Poverty are Top Priority for Committee
Reference: SD 08/11/12
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27/10/2011
North West Regeneration Projects gets thumbs up from Social Development Committee
Reference: SD 07/11/12
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23/10/2011
Social Development Committee to Address Fuel Poverty
Reference: SD 06/11/12
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08/09/2011
Assembly Committee Urges People to Respond to Consultation on Welfare Reform
Reference: SD 05/11/12
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30/06/2011
Committee Commends Supported Housing Project for the Disabled
Reference: SD 04/11/12
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30/06/2011
Committee Examines New Housing Executive Review
Reference: SD 03/11/12
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23/06/2011
Committee Calls for Action to Eradicate Fuel Poverty
Reference: SD 02/11/12
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16/06/2011
Assembly Committee to Work with Minister for the Benefit of Local Communities
Reference: SD 01/11/12
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14/03/2011
Assembly approves new Housing Bill
Reference: SD 08/10/11
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10/03/2011
Assembly Committee visits Regeneration Projects in Newry
Reference: SD 07/10/11
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03/03/2011
The Time for Action on Fuel Poverty is Now
Reference: SD 06/10/11
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24/02/2011
Assembly Committee Reviews Support for the Homeless
Reference: SD 05/10/11
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10/02/2011
Committee Hears Concerns on Social Development
Reference: SD 04/10/11
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27/01/2011
Committee Concerns Over Housing Executive Response
Reference: SD 03/10/11
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25/11/2010
Voluntary and Community Sector Should not be Subject to Unfair Cuts
Reference: SD 02/10/11
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21/10/2010
Time for innovation in affordable housing
Reference: SD 01/10/11
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17/06/2010
Assembly Committee Visits Macmillan Cancer Support Centre
Reference: SD 16/09/10
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20/05/2010
Social Development and Regional Development Committees visit Streets Ahead
Reference: SD 15/09/10
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17/05/2010
Assembly Committee to Visit South Down
Reference: SD 14/09/10
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18/03/2010
Benefit Processing Concerns Raised During Committee Visit
Reference: SD 13/09/10
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08/03/2010
Committee Fears Budget Cuts and Job Losses
Reference: SD 11/09/10
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04/03/2010
More Advice Needed For Autism Sufferers
Reference: SD 10/09/10
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10/12/2009
Homelessness top of the agenda for Social Development Committee
Reference: SD 08/09/10
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10/12/2009
Northern Ireland's Carers Deserve Greater Support
Reference: SD 09/09/10
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26/11/2009
Improvements to Housing Executive Homes put at Risk
Reference: SD 07/09/10
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05/11/2009
Committee Hears Grassroots Concerns on Social Development
Reference: SD 06/09/10
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02/11/2009
Committee's Plans For Regenerating Our Town Centres
Reference: SD 01/09/10
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Media Operational Notices

17/09/2014
Committee to Hold Meetings on Planned Maintenance and on its Inquiry into Allegations Arising from BBCNI Spotlight Programme

On Thursday 18 September, the Assembly Committee for Social Development will hold two meetings.

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07/05/2014
Committee Evidence Session on Inquiry into Allegations Arising from BBCNI Spotlight Programme

At its next meeting on Thursday 8 May 2014, the Assembly Committee for Social Development will take evidence from Mr Will Haire, Permanent Secretary, Department for Social Development and Jim Wilkinson, Director of Housing, Department for Social Development.

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19/03/2014
Committee to Visit Newry to See Town Centre Regeneration

The Assembly’s Committee for Social Development will hold its weekly meeting in Bagenal’s Castle, Newry on Thursday 20 March 2014.

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12/03/2014
Committee Evidence Session on Inquiry into Allegations Arising from BBC NI Spotlight Programme

At its next meeting on Thursday 13 March 2014, the Assembly Committee for Social Development will take evidence from the Minister for Social Development Nelson McCausland MLA, Mr Stephen Brimstone, Special Advisor to the Minister and Mr Will Haire, Permanent Secretary, Department for Social Development.

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08/01/2014
Inquiry into allegations arising from BBCNI Spotlight programme evidence session

The Social Development Committee will take evidence from Mr Stephen Brimstone, Special Advisor to Mr Nelson McCausland MLA, Minister for Social Development, and from a former Private Secretary to the Minister on Thursday, 9 January 2014.

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11/12/2013
Committee to Take Evidence from Minister into Allegations Arising from BBC NI Spotlight Programme

The Assembly Committee for Social Development will hold its next evidence session for the inquiry at its meeting on Thursday 12 December 2013.

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20/11/2013
Committee Continues Evidence Sessions into Allegations Arising from BBC NI Spotlight Programme

The Assembly Committee for Social Development will hold its next evidence session for the inquiry at its meeting on Thursday 21 November 2013.

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13/11/2013
Committee to Begin Inquiry into Allegations Arising from BBC NI Spotlight Programme

The Assembly Committee for Social Development will begin its evidence sessions for the inquiry at its meeting on Thursday 14 November 2013.

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01/10/2013
Assembly Committees Make Joint Visit to UK City of Culture

Five Northern Ireland Assembly Committees are to visit the City of Culture on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 October 2013. The Committees will hold a series of meetings, visits and events across the City

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25/09/2013
Minister to Brief Committee on Northern Ireland Housing Executive Budget Position

The Minister for Social Development will provide a briefing and update on the current position of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive budget to the Assembly’s Social Development Committee on Thursday 26 September 2013.

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19/06/2013
Assembly Committee to Receive Urgent Briefing from Housing Executive on Maintenance Contracts

The Assembly’s Committee for Social Development will hold its weekly meeting in Coleraine Borough Council offices on Thursday 20 June 2013. Committee Members will receive a briefing from the Chairman of the Housing Executive Donald Hoodless and the Chief Executive Dr John McPeake on the recent report into the organisation’s mishandling of planned maintenance contracts.

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05/06/2013
Committee Event Will Focus on High Levels of Local Repossessions

The Assembly Committee for Social Development and the Housing Rights Service will hold an important stakeholder event on Thursday 6 June 2013 to look at the high levels of housing repossessions locally

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22/05/2013
Assembly Committee Visit Ballymena To See Town Centre Regeneration

The Assembly’s Committee for Social Development will hold its weekly meeting in Ballymena Town Hall on Thursday 23 May 2013

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10/04/2013
Committee to hear from Key Stakeholders on Housing Strategy

The Committee for Social Development will hold an important Housing Strategy event on Thursday 11 April 2013 in the La Mon Hotel, Belfast.

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20/02/2013
Committee to Receive Briefing From Social Security Advisory Committee
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30/01/2013
Minister to Brief Committee on Welfare Reform Bill

The Minister for Social Development will provide a briefing and update on the Welfare Reform Bill to the Assembly’s Social Development Committee on Thursday 31 January 2013.

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29/10/2012
Social Development Committee Continue Evidence Sessions on Welfare Reform Bill
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25/10/2012
Social Development Committee Confirm Additional Meetings to Scrutinise Welfare Reform Bill
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10/10/2012
Social Development Committee Confirm Additional Meetings to Scrutinise Welfare Reform Bill
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