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SFHA: High hopes for housing as members work with Scottish Government to solve Scotland’s housing crisis

Housing associations are working hard to meet the challenges of helping to deliver the Scottish Government’s new affordable homes target.

This is the message that will be delivered at the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations’ (SFHA) Member Event on the occasion of its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 24 August.

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For immediate release: Wednesday 24 August 2016

Housing associations are working hard to meet the challenges of helping to deliver the Scottish Government’s new affordable homes target.

This is the message that will be delivered at the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations’ (SFHA) Member Event on the occasion of its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 24 August (1).

SFHA Chief Executive Mary Taylor has previously welcomed the Scottish Government commitment to public investment in social housing. Today, she will comment on the key issues that could stand in the way of delivering the 50,000 affordable homes, which include availability and price of land, infrastructure, access to funding, the planning system, and a skilled workforce. Dr Taylor is determined that the SFHA will continue to work constructively with the Scottish Government, MSPs, housing associations, local authorities and other partners to find solutions to these challenges.

After the formal AGM business, SFHA members will have the opportunity to discuss these issues and the delivery of the 50,000 affordable homes target with Minister for Local Government and Housing Kevin Stewart MSP.

Mary Taylor, SFHA Chief Executive, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Mr Stewart to meet SFHA members today to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing us all in meeting our common goal of increasing the supply of affordable homes in Scotland. 

“Housing targets represent more than just an amount of new build – people’s life chances, health and wellbeing are improved by securing a high quality, energy efficient, affordable home.

“Scotland desperately needs more affordable homes in order to solve its current housing crisis, and we acknowledge the Scottish Government’s commitment to increase supply by setting a new target of delivering at least 50,000 affordable homes, backed by more than £3 billion, over the lifetime of this Parliament.

“However, we are aware that other factors impact on the sector’s ability to deliver more affordable homes, and we will work with the Scottish Government, our members and other key partners in order to overcome these potential barriers.”

Minister for Local Government and Housing Kevin Stewart MSP said:

“We have set a new target to deliver 50,000 affordable homes over the next five years, of which 35,000 are for social rent. That new housing will help to ensure that individuals and families across the country, wherever they choose to live and work, have access to good quality affordable housing. It also has economic benefits supporting, on average, around 14,000 full-time equivalent jobs per year and generating around £1.8 billion in economic activity – providing a direct boost to the construction industry.

“These are bold and ambitious targets, and I know that this will require hard work and determination across the housing sector to achieve. But we are starting from a good place, with a strong track record of delivery. 

“Our previous 30,000 affordable homes target was exceeded by over 3,000 homes and this is a not insignificant achievement. It shows what can be done when we all work together. The targets we have set for this Parliament, especially that of 35,000 social houses, are more challenging and will require all of us to expand what we do well and to innovate.”   

The SFHA’s member event will also play host to an expert panel of speakers who will discuss the post Brexit landscape and take part in a question and answer session with SFHA members. The panel will feature political commentator Iain Macwhirter of The Herald and Sunday Herald; Laura Cram, Professor of European politics at the University of Edinburgh; Advocate Peter Sellar; and Policy Assistant at the National Housing Federation Lucy Pedrick.

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For further information, please contact Kirsten Walker on t: 0141 567 6221 m: 0788 788 8348 email: kwalker@sfha.co.uk

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NOTES:

  1. The SFHA’s AGM will take place from 10:30am at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Edinburgh. Holyrood Park House 106 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AS.

  2. The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) was established in 1975 and has around 120 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 www.sfha.co.uk

  3. The SFHA is the voice of the principal builders and managers of new affordable housing for rent in Scotland. Housing associations own and manage around 40% of the country’s affordable rented housing stock, over a quarter of a million homes across Scotland.

  4. Housing associations and co-operatives are not-for-profit bodies regulated by the Scottish Housing Regulator.