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BT today announced that it has won an eleven year strategic ICT services partnership contract worth more than £30 million with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE), the UK’s largest housing authority. Under the contract BT will implement and support a new IT infrastructure for the NIHE.

The programme will begin with a transition of all existing systems to a fully managed service operated from BT’s offices in Belfast and the replacement of a number of core business applications including the systems for grants and housing management.

Paddy McIntyre, NIHE’s chief executive, said: “This strategic partnership is aimed at enhancing NIHE’s role as a provider of social housing by being more accessible and more closely aligned to the communities and the people it serves.

“We chose BT because of its innovative and cost effective proposal and experience implementing large, complex IT programmes to a number of central and regional government bodies.

NIHE has an annual budget in excess of £500 million and a rental income of £265.5 million from close to 100,000 properties. It pays £359 million in housing benefit and approves nearly 10,000 private sector home improvement grants annually.

Alastair Hamilton, director, BT Business, Northern Ireland, commented: “The new IT infrastructure is a key part of NIHE’s modernising services programme which will improve the quality and choice of housing and related services across Northern Ireland. Winning NIHE was a priority for BT as it enabled us to both enhance our presence in Northern Ireland and build on our previous success with the Land Registry.”

The partnership with the NIHE is the latest in a series of successful projects undertaken by BT for regional Governments in the UK. In addition to Land Registry of Northern Ireland, these include work with the Scottish Executive, Scottish Criminal Record Office, Registers of Scotland and the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

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About BT
BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions serving customers in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. Its principal activities include IT and networking services, local, national and international telecommunications services, and higher-value broadband and internet products and services.

BT consists principally of three lines of business:

BT Retail, providing fixed and mobile communications services and solutions and IT and networking services to more than 20 million business and residential customers in the UK. It is also a leading UK internet services provider.
BT Wholesale, providing network services and solutions within the UK to more than 600 fixed and mobile operators and service providers including the provision of broadband, private circuits.

BT Global Services, providing IT and networking services internationally to meet the needs of multi-site organisations with European operations. BT Global Services operates in more than 130 countries and also offers international carrier services.

In the year ended 31 March 2004, BT Group’s turnover was £18,519 million with profit before goodwill amortisation, exceptional items and taxation of £2,013 million.

BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York. British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group.

For more information, visit www.bt.com/aboutbt

About Northern Ireland Housing Executive
The Housing Executive is the single regional strategic housing authority for Northern Ireland, managing a budget in excess of £500m. It is our responsibility to provide everyone with the opportunity to access decent, affordable housing in safe and sustainable communities, deliver excellent housing services, develop strategies to influence the wider housing market and work with others to foster urban and rural renewal and contribute to improved health and social well-being.

We manage annually a Housing Benefit budget of £360m, a Supporting People programme of £45m and approve10,000 private sector home improvement grant applications. We are the landlord of 102,000 homes and we manage a waiting list of around 27,000 applications.



Press contacts:

Barry Murphy, BT Consulting & Systems Integration 01252 778304

Rachel Brennan, BT Northern Ireland, 02890 214239

Imelda McGrath, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, 02890 318700



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