The Northern Ireland Executive (NIE) announced plans to reform the structure of social housing provision. The Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) would be broken up, with the NIE taking over responsibility for overall strategy, regulation, and inspection. A regional housing body would deliver regional housing services and programmes. The landlord function of the NIHE would be 'removed from the public sector to allow for access to private funding'.
Source: Press release 9 January 2013, Northern Ireland Executive