SFHA calls for early focus on devolution

Mary Taylor
Mary Taylor

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has urged the record cohort of SNP MPs heading to Westminster to make the devolution of further powers to Scotland a priority.

The SFHA manifesto for this election focused on the powers which could be devolved by Westminster to the Scottish Parliament.

Commenting as prime minister David Cameron made his way to meet the Queen as the Conservatives prepare for majority government at Westminster, Mary Taylor, SFHA chief executive, said: “With an unexpectedly early resolution to the election outcome, we look forward to seeing early movement to devolve these powers as soon as possible, particularly in relation to the administrative devolution of Universal Credit.”

David Orr, chief executive at the National Housing Federation, pledged to work with the incumbent government to keep housing at the top of the political agenda.

He said: “Housing has seen a meteoric rise as a voting issue during this election, with a flood of support for the Homes for Britain campaign and we look forward to working with the new government to keep housing at the top of the political agenda.

“Our housing crisis can and must be solved if our young families and their children are to ever have a hope of a decent, secure and affordable home.

“The new government must deliver on its commitment to end the housing crisis within a generation and publish a long term plan detailing how the 245,000 new homes we need each year, including 80,000 affordable homes, will be built.”

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