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Social Housing Resilience Group update: 13 August

Update on the SHRG's work and key issues.

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The Social Housing Resilience Group (SHRG) was convened by SFHA in response to the coronavirus outbreak. 

As well as SFHA, the SHRG comprises Scottish Government, Public Health Scotland, Scottish Housing Regulator, Wheatley Group, Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations, Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland, and Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers. 

The SHRG aims to deal with the significant challenges the outbreak is causing so that social landlords can continue to provide the support their tenants and communities need. 

At the SHRG meeting on 11 August, discussions focussed on care and support and SFHA’s data collection report.

The SHRG offered its backing to a paper on models of care and support. This paper sets out existing successful community models of care and support, key learning from the pandemic, and opportunities to create new models of housing, care and support for the future. It is intended to inform the national social renewal programme, the review of adult social care in Scotland, and Housing to 2040. The paper is now being finalised based on feedback from SHRG members. 

SFHA also presented its report which provides an analysis of the data collected in its own data return alongside the Covid-19 related data published by SHR and HouseMark. The group welcomed the approach taken to utilise all available data to build a picture over the longer-term and track trends.  

Further discussion took place on evictions and the suggestion the Scottish Government may prolong the extended notice periods set down in the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 for a further six months. The group sought clarity from government about the process of extending the provisions and whether any extension of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act would have to include all provisions without alteration, and set out the key issues for tenants and landlords. Scottish Government will provide SHRG members with an update on the process and timescales with discussions ongoing between stakeholders on this important issue 

With the SHRG now convening once per fortnight, the next meeting is due to take place on 25 August. 

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