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Progress in housing is welcome but threatened by uncertainty

SFHA responds to housing statistics.

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Responding to today’s publication of the annual housing supply statistics by the Scottish Government, SFHA Chief Executive Sally Thomas said:

“The fact that housing supply has increased shows we are making good progress with the housing programme. However, continuity is vital and that is being undermined by the lack of strategic plans for housing beyond 2021.

“Availability continues to be an issue – there remains a significant, and increasing, demand for social housing, with around 160,000 households on waiting lists.

“We also need to look beyond numerical targets and ensure Scotland’s homes are fit for people’s needs and in the right places – both now and in the future.

“Ongoing Scottish Government investment in our sector is vital for its future and for the sustainability of communities.  Our members urgently need to know what the Government’s plans are for housing post-2021 to help them continue to build great homes in great places for the people of Scotland.”

With reference to Brexit, Ms Thomas, said: “The strength and resourcefulness of our sector cannot be over-estimated. However, members have a number of concerns and they need support from the Government to help them mitigate against the most damaging effects of Brexit. We look forward to sharing these with Ministers next week.”

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For further information, please contact SFHA Communications Lead Gordon Brown on 07510 590 388 or gbrown@sfha.co.uk

Visit our website at www.sfha.co.uk

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