Joint Housing Delivery Plan for Scotland published

Scottish GovernmentThe Scottish Government’s Joint Housing Policy and Delivery Group has developed a five-year action plan to ensure that all people in Scotland live in high quality sustainable homes that they can afford and that meet their needs.

Published yesterday, the Joint Delivery Plan captures a crucial set of actions which the Joint Group collectively agrees are needed to deliver the vision.

All of the work feeding into the delivery plan was based on the principle of co-production.

The 34 actions identified as priorities in the plan do not represent every aspect of housing policy delivery that the Scottish Government and stakeholders are taking forward but capture those actions that have been highlighted through the co-production process.

Grouped into two main sections, the actions deal with 1. Home and Place (Supply, Investment and Planning; Sustainability and Place making) and 2. Housing Journey and Support (Independent Living; Housing Options and the Private Rented Sector).

Alastair Cameron
Alastair Cameron

Alastair Cameron, chief executive of Scottish Churches Housing Action, said the long-awaited action plan was “disappointing” at first glance.

He said: “No statement of how many affordable homes Scotland needs. No mention of overloaded temporary housing. No recognition that some councils are failing to meet their basic legal obligations to people sleeping rough. Nothing about soaring private sector rents.

“They want to address ‘pinch points’ in our housing supply chain - fair enough, but you don’t deal with a dysfunctional system that way.

“34 actions - but too many of them are about pilot projects, ‘capturing best practice’, identifying new approaches, producing guidance. Where are the financial levers that will make housing accessible and affordable?”

The Joint Housing Policy and Delivery Group brings together stakeholders from across the housing sector.

The group is co-chaired by the director of housing, regeneration and welfare, and Jim Hayton, policy director for the Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers (ALACHO).

The following bodies are represented on the group:

  • Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers
  • Convention of Scottish Local Authorities
  • Council of Mortgage Lenders
  • Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland
  • Construction Scotland
  • Existing Homes Alliance
  • Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations
  • Heads of Planning Scotland
  • Homes for Scotland
  • Inclusion Scotland
  • National Estate Agents Association
  • Network of Regional Tenants’ Organisations
  • Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Scotland
  • Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum
  • Scottish Association of Landlords
  • Scottish Builders Federation
  • Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum
  • Scottish Property Federation
  • Scottish Solicitors’ Property Centres
  • Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
  • Shelter
  • Sustainable Housing Strategy Group
  • Tenant Participation Advisory Service
  • Tenant Information Service
  • University housing policy department
  • University construction innovation unit
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