CIH Scotland responds to Local Government and Communities Committee pre-budget scrutiny
The Local Government and Communities Committee has called for evidence on the long-term financial sustainability of local government.
In its response, CIH Scotland highlights the vital contribution that the housing sector makes towards achieving all of the Scottish Government’s National Outcomes.
The continued delivery of new affordable homes is essential to ensuring households across Scotland can live in a safe and stable home and to achieving the Scottish Government’s ambitious targets to reduce the use of temporary accommodation and ultimately to end homelessness. Local authorities also contribute to ensuring that existing homes are maintained and improved. Investing in energy efficiency helps to tackle climate change and reduce fuel poverty while creating skilled jobs and supporting the economy across Scotland.
However, increasing demand for services and financial challenges mean that the vital services provided by local authorities could be at risk. In its response, CIH Scotland recommends that in order to support the long-term financial sustainability of local government, Scottish Government must:
- Revise affordable housing subsidy rates;
- Consider the future of local taxation within the context of its wider discussion on Housing to 2040;
- Provide longer term financial certainty for the affordable housing supply programme beyond five year parliamentary cycles; and
- Continue to focus on preventative spend and strengthen the role of health and social care partners in supporting people to remain healthy and independent in their own home.
Notes to Editors
1. The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards. Our goal is simple – to provide housing professionals with the advice, support and knowledge they need to be brilliant. CIH is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. This means that the money we make is put back into the organisation and funds the activities we carry out to support the housing sector. We have a diverse membership of people who work in both the public and private sectors, in 20 countries on five continents across the world. Further information is available at www.cih.org
2. CIH Scotland’s full response to the consultation can be viewed here: http://www.cih.org/publication-free/display/vpathDCR/templatedata/cih/publication-free/data/Scotland/Submission_on_local_government_financial_sustainability
3. For further information, please contact Ashley Campbell, policy and practice manager at firstname.lastname@example.org