Monday, 05th October 2015 09:32
The level of need for affordable housing in Scotland is double what is currently being delivered, according to a new report published today by three of Scotland's leading housing organisations.Read more
Tuesday, 08th September 2015 10:59
Commenting on the latest housing statistics released today (Tuesday 8 September), which show that the Scottish Government is on track to meet its five-year target to deliver 30,000 affordable homes by March 2016, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) said that the target needs to be increased in order to meet housing need across the country.Read more
Thursday, 03rd September 2015 09:55
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.Read more
Wednesday, 26th August 2015 10:22
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.Read more
Wednesday, 08th July 2015 14:39
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.Read more
Wednesday, 03rd June 2015 06:51
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)Read more