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IHE Department Renamed I&E

Mar 29, 2023

• Infrastructure, Housing and Environment (IHE) department is renamed.

• Infrastructure and Environment (I&E) better reflects the department’s work.

• Housing work best coordinated by the Government’s new Cabinet Office. 

The Infrastructure, Housing and Environment department has been renamed as Infrastructure and Environment (I&E), to more accurately reflect the responsibilities, remit and duties of its workforce of approximately 700 people.

The Infrastructure and Environment department now has two clearly defined Ministerial Delivery Plans, two heads of expenditure (funding pots) in the Government Plan, and colleagues have a straightforward reporting pathway into either the Minister for Infrastructure or the Minister for Environment.

The Government of Jersey’s housing and regeneration work sits within the newly formed Cabinet Office, placing housing right at the heart of the organisation.

Infrastructure and Environment Chief Officer, Andy Scate, said: “This name change makes perfect sense, as our day-to-day work in the department very much falls into two Ministerial portfolios, rather than three.

“Most colleagues working on housing issues are in strategic policy and planning roles, which are being brought into the new Cabinet Office, and those officers continue to work closely with the Minister for Housing and Communities, as they have done for many years. 

“For clarity, the Housing Gateway and housing support colleagues based within Customer and Local Services remain there, and there is no change for them. The regulatory functions linked to rented dwellings, Rent Safe, and housing nuisance, will still be run through I&E. In fact, there are no changes to reporting structures at all as a result of this name change.”

The Minister for Housing and Communities, Deputy David Warr, added: “The IHE department rename will make things clearer for colleagues and the public. It formally demonstrates that we believe the housing function best sits centrally, where we can coordinate this vital Government work on behalf of our communities.”

There will be no, or very limited, costs to the rename as the majority of existing IHE templates are digital, and most assets are branded “Government of Jersey” rather than departmentally. 

Any printed signage will be replaced when it comes to the natural end of its lifespan.

To coincide with the rename, Infrastructure and Environment is also today launching its own Twitter account and Facebook page.

Government of Jersey News Release

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