Young people encouraged to take part in Borders housing needs survey



Scottish Borders Council is undertaking a survey to help it understand the housing needs and aspirations of young people from across the region, including those currently living outwith the Borders.

The survey is looking to find out if young people’s needs are currently being met, what could be done to address any issues they are experiencing and what impact these could be having on whether they choose to live and work in the area.

Around 400 young people have already been interviewed and given their feedback, but the Housing Strategy team is now keen to hear from those who have moved out of the area to get their views on whether housing has been a factor in their decision to relocate.

The team is also looking for young people’s views on various aspects of living and working in the Scottish Borders and about what people might see as important issues for the area in the future.

A short survey which takes around 6-8 minutes to complete is available online.

Councillor Mark Rowley, executive member for business and economic development, said: “Young people are integral to the future vibrancy and success of the Scottish Borders. A much better understanding of what part housing plays in encouraging them to live here, or to return to the Borders after study is vital.

“This survey will help us to gain the broader understanding that we need to help us with future planning and while we have been able to get a good response from those who live locally, it is also important to hear from those who are currently living outwith the area so we can have the fullest picture possible.

“We are appealing to friends and family to pass the message on to young people they know who would be willing to take part. There will be of course be some who are hoping to return to the area following a period of education or to take up employment back in the Borders, and their views will be particularly important.”

Once all the information and data has been gathered, a report will be published setting out the key challenges and opportunities for meeting the housing needs and aspirations of local young people.



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