Social Renewal Advisory Board report has power to transform Scotland
The report makes recommendations for a fairer and more equal Scotland as the country prepares for its its post-pandemic recovery.
The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has today (Thursday 21 January) welcomed the report by the Social Renewal Advisory Board, which has made recommendations for a fairer and more equal Scotland as the country prepares for its post-pandemic recovery. (1)
SFHA has called on the Scottish Government to accept the report’s 20 calls to action which aim to transform Scotland, building on the country’s firm foundations of social justice, by continuing to tackle poverty and inequality; ensuring basic rights are realised; and working towards fairer, healthier and empowered communities.
The calls include ensuring that everyone in Scotland has a basic level of income from employment and social security; incorporating the right to an adequate and accessible home into Scots law; making sure there are enough safe, warm, accessible and affordable homes, in places people want to live; and building on successful ways of working in communities that were introduced during the pandemic.
SFHA Chief Executive Sally Thomas was Joint Chair of the Editorial Sub-Group for the report. She said:
“This is a pivotal report for Scotland, and SFHA welcomed the opportunity to contribute to it. We are calling on the Scottish Government to accept the report’s calls to action as they have the power to transform Scotland.
“The coronavirus pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges, but it has also re-energised work to tackle the inequalities that persist and stand in the way of Scotland becoming the inclusive, fair and progressive country we all want.
“During the pandemic, we have witnessed remarkable new partnerships being formed across communities, with volunteers, national and local government, businesses and third sector organisations coming together to support those most affected, and we must build on this work as we plan for Scotland’s recovery.
“Covid-19 has also shown just how vital it is that everyone in Scotland has access to a safe, warm, affordable home, and the government can realise this by committing to the 53,000 affordable homes that we know Scotland requires during the next parliament.” (2)
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Notes to editors:
SFHA is the national membership body for, and voice of, Scotland’s housing associations and co-operatives.