29 March 2023
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.