Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Breeda Moynihan-Cronin

Ceist:

27 Mrs. B. Moynihan-Cronin asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the specific proposals he will bring forward for the development of professional accreditation standards for housing management in view of the commitment given in the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10061/00]

As part of the drive to improve the quality of local authority housing management, a specialist housing unit has been established as a joint initiative between my Department and the county and city managers. Issues relating to the development of professional accreditation standards for housing management training will be examined in the context of the work programme currently being prepared by the housing unit in the light of the commitment in the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness. My Department has also provided funding towards the development by the Respond voluntary housing organisation of a formally accredited certificate in housing.