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SFHA comments on Quarterly Housing Statistics for Scotland

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For immediate release: Tuesday 13 March 2018

David Stewart, SFHA Policy Lead, said:

“The figures show a marked increase in approvals for new housing association homes – up 33% on the previous year. We always knew that delivering 50,000 affordable homes would be a significant challenge – but it is one that housing associations are committed to meeting in order to deliver much needed quality affordable homes.  (1)

“The increase in approvals for new housing association homes reflects the findings of research commissioned by SFHA and Shelter on Strategic Housing Investment Plans, which found that housing associations, local authorities, and their partners in the private sector are working hard to increase supply and on course to deliver 50,000 affordable homes.” (2)

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NOTES:

  1. https://news.gov.scot/news/new-build-housing-completions-up-5-percent-in-latest-year
  2. https://scotland.shelter.org.uk/professional_resources/policy_library/policy_library_folder/review_of_strategic_investment_plans_for_affordable_housing
  3. The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) was established in 1975 and has around 126 members providing affordable housing and wider community services across Scotland, as well as a further 200 commercial associates. The SFHA is owned and governed by its members and exists to lead, represent and support the work of housing associations and co-operatives throughout Scotland
  4. The SFHA is the voice of housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland. SFHA members own and manage 80% of the 280,000+ housing association stock across Scotland. Together, housing associations and co-operatives provide housing for almost 500,000 people, which is one in every 11 households.
  5. Over 11,000 staff are employed by SFHA members across Scotland.
  6. Housing associations and co-operatives are not-for-profit bodies regulated by the Scottish Housing Regulator.