|SFHA: Scotland Bill could provide opportunity to enable social landlords to support and transform tenants’ lives|
Speaking ahead of giving evidence to the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee today (Thursday 3 September) regarding the welfare provisions of the Scotland Bill, Nile Istephan, Vice Chair of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), said:
“Despite calling on the Smith Commission to devolve a broader package of social security powers, we recognise that the Scotland Bill could provide meaningful opportunity to enable social landlords to support and transform the lives of tenants across Scotland. However, following analysis of the Bill, the SFHA concludes that some sections in relation to welfare, energy and fiscal powers have not fully met the spirit or substance outlined in the Smith Commission.
|SFHA: significant increase in affordable social housing is needed|
Responding to the release today (Tuesday 26 August) of the 2014 Scottish Household Survey which showed that the while the private sector has grown, the social rented sector has declined from 32% of all households in 1999 to 24% in 2014 (1), the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) said that these findings highlight the urgent need to build more affordable social housing.