SFHA urges political parties to acknowledge housing’s vital contribution to health and wellbeing
In the run up to May’s Scottish Parliament elections, the organisation has outlined five key requests for the next Scottish Government to deliver, which the Federation said it can help towards.
The SFHA is asking the Scottish political parties to commit to:
In return, with support, SFHA and its members have pledged to:
SFHA chief executive, Mary Taylor, said: “We are calling on all political parties to sign up to our five key asks and to acknowledge the crucial role that housing has to play in the lives of Scotland’s people.
“Good quality, affordable, warm, energy efficient housing is vital for a person’s mental and physical health and wellbeing.
“Investing in housing is also a form of preventative spend as many associations provide services and specially adapted homes for disabled and older people. Research has shown that hospital care is more expensive than supported accommodation: the cost of a general hospital stay is nearly £194,000 per year. In contrast, an association providing supported care for tenants with very complex needs, at the high end of the cost spectrum, costs £18,435 per year.
“By delivering our key asks, the next Scottish Government will protect some of Scotland’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and the SFHA and its members are ready to assist it.”