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Wednesday, 26th August 2015 10:22

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.

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Wednesday, 08th July 2015 14:39

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.

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Wednesday, 03rd June 2015 06:51

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)

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Wednesday, 03rd June 2015 06:36

SFHA: Apprentice Challenge highlights the importance of nurturing young talent

A national two-day challenge for housing apprentices kicks off today (Wednesday 3 June).

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Tuesday, 19th May 2015 09:21

Housing Minister marks Apprenticeship Week by launching SFHA Apprentice Challenge 2015

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess has marked the start of Scottish Apprenticeship Week (May 18-22) by launching a national challenge for housing apprentices.

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Tuesday, 21st April 2015 15:58

Public invited to housing hustings to question candidates in Dundee West

Next week, on Tuesday 28  April, the candidates for the five main parties in Dundee West will gather for a public debate on social housing and related issues – and members of the public are invited to come along to the free hustings event to question the candidates.

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