Housing top of Executive agenda
Maximising the number of new homes built across Scotland presents an immense challenge but is top of the Scottish Government’s agenda, a conference will hear today.
Communities Minister Stewart Maxwell will outline his vision at the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland’s conference on the future of social housing.
Mr Maxwell’s speech follows his keynote address in Parliament last month, in which he laid out a number of steps that the government will take to confront the housing problems Scotland faces.
A Housing Supply Task Force, chaired by the Minister, will meet next month to tackle the obstacles, such as land supply and planning issues, which have been hampering the delivery of more homes.
In the autumn, the government will consult on its proposals for social housing, inviting people throughout Scotland to join the debate and offer their ideas on the best way ahead.
Mr Maxwell said: ‘It is important that after last month’s housing statement in Parliament, momentum is maintained. This issue is at the forefront of the government’s agenda. ‘The CIH Scotland conference on the future of social housing is an important forum to open the debate on these pressing and hugely important issues.
‘I am not only here to reinforce government’s determination to tackle the challenges facing social housing, but also listen, and gather views that will inform the future direction of government policy.
‘I want to hear from those working in social housing how government and social landlords can work together to realise social housing’s full potential to meet demand for affordable housing, and to sustain attractive neighbourhoods where people want to live.’
‘As I said in the Scottish Parliament on June 21, the present arrangements for subsidising new social housing are unsustainable. Without reform, satisfying projected demand for affordable housing in future years will be impossible.’