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Social Housing Resilience Group weekly update: 25 June

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. It 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.

Updates on the SHRG's work are as follows:

  • An updated Restarting Services Guide was published on 23 June to take account of new construction guidance, which applies to repairs and maintenance, and moving to Phase 2 of national routemap.  
  • SHRG members fed into cross sector Moving Home Guidance which states that, subject to following the guidance, moving home is possible from 29 June. 
  • The SHRG has collected evidence regarding the ability of landlords to meet deadlines with regards to fire safety, electrical testing, and EESSH; and fed into a communication which will be sent to social landlords from the Housing Minister, in the near future, to clarify the Scottish Government's position.
  • The SHRG discussed a paper on care and support which will identify issues, lessons from coronavirus as well as the role of community housing, care and support models in the future.
  • The Scottish Housing Regulator’s second monthly dashboard has been published. It shows increases in arrears and use of temporary accommodation. 
  • The SFHA finance briefing is being updated and will be published shortly. 
  • Examples of good practice, challenges and solutions are being submitted and sougt through Open Space.
  • The SHRG agreed that it will feed into the government’s response to recommendations by the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery
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