|SFHA: New welfare cuts could be as damaging as ‘bedroom tax’|
Commenting on today’s (Wednesday 8 July) Budget, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) expressed concern that the announcements made by the Chancellor will have a detrimental impact on communities directly and housing associations indirectly, and SFHA is urgently calling on the UK Government to reconsider these cuts.
|SFHA celebrates 40 years as national body for Scottish housing associations and co-operatives|
To mark its 40th anniversary year, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) is kicking off the celebrations at its annual conference (1). As well as looking to the future, the Federation is also reflecting on lessons from the past.
Mary Taylor, SFHA Chief Executive, said:
“The SFHA, and the housing associations and co-operatives across Scotland, has had a very eventful 40 years, mostly supported by governments and political parties across the spectrum. There have been incredibly challenging events such as the Right to Buy and, more recently, welfare reform – but the Federation and the sector have remained resilient.
“Our members have a vital role to play in housing and providing services to some of the country’s most vulnerable people, and the SFHA will continue to support our members through this next period of change.
“Although there are further challenges ahead with the roll-out of Universal Credit, further devolution will also bring new opportunities for social landlords, and we look forward to representing their interests to both governments and aiming to ensure the best possible outcome for our members and their tenants in the years to come.”
The SFHA originally started as ‘the Scottish Committee’, a sub-committee of the National Housing Federation, and in November 1975, it became a separate organisation. Since 1975, the Federation has been the national representative body for housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland, providing policy advice and lobbying governments in order to try and bring about positive change for its members and their tenants. (2)