This study was funded by a grant from the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR-08-MIE-003); a grant from the Institut Pasteur, the Inter-Pasteurien Concerted Actions; a donation from BNP Paribas-Simplidons; a grant from the Institut de Medecine et d'Epidemiologie Appliquee; and the kind contribution of Genevieve Deyme to NIHE
for aspects of this study.
Orchard, which was founded in 1985, is now hoping the deal will open up more opportunities to work with BT on other aspects of the NIHE, as well as any further projects the telecoms giant enters into within the public sector in the future.
We currently supply IT services to over 25% of the UK housing associations and will apply that experience to create the best solution possible for the NIHE over the next 10 years.
He added: "We have noted many occasions where the NIHE have chosen to ignore evidence indicating a high level of housing need or, as in this case, hold people to impossible evidence thresholds.
A DSD spokeswoman said: "The minister has replied to Mr Idris and has advised this is a matter for the NIHE.
While poor contractor performance had been evident to NIHE
management for many years, the Audit Office found the actions necessary to strengthen the contract management regime were not taken.
More flak will hit the NIHE
on Friday as an interim Audit Office report into maintenance contracts is published.
district manager Aidan Brannigan said: "We will carry out risk assessments and then a decision will be taken on whether to continue with the service.
It added: "Red Sky believes that NIHE
did not properly consider the contents of Red Sky's reply in deciding on termination.
Yesterday it was reported that one element of the DSD probe is into a dispute between NIHE
and one of its biggest contractors Red Sky.
The write-offs were made so the NIHE
could meet its target of not allowing arrears for one year to exceed those of the previous, a report from the Audit Office said yesterday.
chairman Brian Rowntree said: "The Housing Executive is encouraged that householders across Northern Ireland are also now saving energy in their homes by changing how they use energy.