CIH Scotland comments on draft Scottish Budget
CIH Scotland has commented on the draft Scottish Budget for 2017-18, presented today (15th December) to the Scottish Parliament by Scottish Finance Secretary Derek Mackay.
CIH Scotland Executive Director Annie Mauger said:
“We understand the ongoing budgetary challenges the Scottish Government currently faces. In that context, we welcome its commitment to continue to prioritise funding for key housing priorities such as affordable housing supply, energy efficiency, delivery of enabling infrastructure and measures to offset the worst impacts of UK welfare reform. The commitment to maintain funding for local authority budgets next year will also be welcomed by the housing profession as helping to safeguard the delivery of essential frontline housing services.
“Today’s reconfirmation of £3 billion of funding to support the delivery of 50,000 new affordable homes over the lifetime of this Parliament is welcome. As we work towards meeting that challenging target, we are keen to ensure in particular that the quality of new homes being built is also maintained. £140 million in funding for energy efficiency next year is also welcome, albeit with home energy efficiency now officially identified as a national infrastructure priority, we would like to see funding commitments go still further with the aim of achieving the step change needed to tackle fuel poverty.”
Annie Mauger concluded:
“We have consistently raised concerns about the impact of UK welfare reform on the housing sector. Most recently, we highlighted the negative impact of the new reduced benefit cap on around 6,700 families across Scotland. In that context, we welcome the Scottish Government’s ongoing commitment to offset the worst effects of welfare reform and will continue to work with the Government on the design of a new social security system for Scotland that treats people fairly and with respect.”
CIH Scotland will be hosting a special budget briefing in Glasgow on 31st January 2017, looking at implications for the housing sector. Further information is available here.
You can also read CIH Scotland's submission to the Scottish Parliament Local Government and Communities Committee's call for evidence on the draft Budget, published in October 2016.
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