Edinburgh Tenants Federation discusses role and importance of social housing

Edinburgh Tenants Federation discusses role and importance of social housing

Members of the Edinburgh Tenants Federation (ETF) attended an organisation meeting earlier this month to find out more about the City of Edinburgh Council’s new house building programme and Shelter Scotland’s social housing campaign Build Scotland’s Future.

Well aware of the pressure on social housing waiting lists in the city and across Scotland, ETF members are avid campaigners for investment in new and existing social housing to make sure everyone has a safe, warm, well maintained and suitable home.

Tricia Hill, the council’s development and regeneration manager, spoke about the council’s progress to date as well as future plans, including:

  • A house building programme that aims to deliver 10,000 affordable new homes by 2027;
  • 1450 homes being completed so far;
  • 550 homes currently under construction;
  • More than 4,000 homes in pre-construction/design development.

Maddie Lou Barink, community organiser at Shelter Scotland, advised the Build Scotland’s Future campaign which aims to get all the major political parties standing at this year’s Scottish Parliament elections to commit to building 37,100 social homes.

So far 18,183 people have signed the petition.

Shelter is providing training to leaders in the community to start building a base for change and is looking to increase connections between groups in Edinburgh.

ETF convenor Betty Stone said: “We would like to thank Tricia and Maddie for attending our members’ meeting. It was great to hear about CEC’s housebuilding programme, which is both very ambitious and exciting. We at ETF have already signed the Shelter petition and we would like to encourage as many people and organisations as possible to do likewise.”

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