|SFHA comments on UK Government Comprehensive Spending Review and Autumn Statement|
Commenting on today’s (Wednesday 25 November) UK Government Comprehensive Spending Review and Autumn Statement, Mary Taylor, Chief Executive of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), said:
“We will take soundings from our members regarding the capping of Housing Benefit in the social rented sector so that it can be no more than Local Housing Allowance (LHA). However, we believe that this issue won’t have as significant an impact in Scotland as it might do in some areas of England. Social rents in Scotland are generally lower than LHA levels, even in areas where the private rented market is less buoyant and, therefore, both private rents and LHA are lower.
|SFHA urges political parties to commit to 12,000 affordable homes per year|
Commenting on the announcement of Wednesday 18 November by the Scottish Government that it has exceeded its five-year target of delivering 30,000 affordable homes by March 2016, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) said that this is very welcome news, but highlighted the recent research report commissioned jointly by the SFHA, Shelter Scotland and CIH Scotland which found that at least 12,000 affordable homes need to be built each year for the next five years in order to tackle Scotland’s housing crisis. (1)