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Thursday, 26th June 2014 11:33

SFHA welcomes end of Right to Buy

Commenting on the passing of the Housing (Scotland) Bill yesterday (Wednesday 25 June) by the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) said it was “delighted” that the policy is being brought to an end. 

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Wednesday, 25th June 2014 08:16

SFHA comment ahead of Stage 3 Debate on Housing (Scotland) Bill

Commenting ahead of the Stage 3 Debate on the Housing (Scotland) Bill, Andy Young, Policy and Membership Manager at the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) said:

“While we are delighted that the Right to Buy in Scotland is being brought to an end - the SFHA and our members have campaigned for its abolition for years and we congratulate the Scottish Parliament for bringing about its demise - we feel that a two year notice period is excessive. The Parliament’s own Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee listened closely to the evidence we put forward and agreed with us that the implementation of a one year notice period would strike a fair balance between giving tenants a reasonable opportunity to exercise their residual right to buy and allowing landlords and their lenders a degree of certainty about their stock levels fairly quickly.

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Tuesday, 17th June 2014 09:50

SFHA: Homelessness in Scotland set to increase as result of welfare reform

A new report published today (Tuesday 17 June) by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) suggests that the cumulative impact of the ‘bedroom tax’, benefit sanctions and problems accessing financial assistance at times of crisis is likely to result in an increase in homelessness in Scotland.

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Thursday, 05th June 2014 00:00

SFHA calls for investment in housing apprentices

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) is highlighting the need for investment in apprentices for the future benefit of the social housing sector and the young people themselves.

The SFHA said that it is crucial to invest in apprentices now as they are the sector’s future leaders. The SFHA’s 2014 annual conference, entitled Leading Change, focuses on the strong leadership required to guide the sector through the challenges it is currently experiencing, such as the effects of the UK Government’s welfare reforms. It is the key Scottish social housing event and is attended by sector leaders from across Scotland. (1)

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Wednesday, 04th June 2014 11:34

SFHA reaction to Expert Working Group on Welfare report

Commenting on the publication today (Wednesday 4 June 2014) of the Expert Working Group on Welfare’s latest report, Reviewing Welfare: Fair, Personal and Simple, Dr Mary Taylor, Chief Executive of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, said:

“There’s much about this report which is welcome. The commitment to the high-level principles of a system which is fair, personal and simple aligns well with the demands that we and others have been making via the Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform. The recommendation to axe the ‘bedroom tax’, abolish sanctions, scrap the current UK welfare cap on Annually Managed Expenditure, replace the failed Work Programme with something that actually works and better enforcement of the Living Wage are all equally welcome.

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Thursday, 29th May 2014 13:57

SFHA launches Apprentice Challenge

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) launched its first ever Apprentice Challenge today (Thursday 29 May) to highlight the need for investment in apprentices, for the future benefit of the social housing sector as well as young people themselves.

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