CIH Scotland welcomes housing measures in draft Scottish budget
Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution Derek Mackay MSP has today (14 December 2017) announced the draft Scottish budget for 2018-19 to the Scottish Parliament.Commenting on the announcement, Annie Mauger, Executive Director of the Chartered Institute for Housing in Scotland, said:
“As part of today’s budget announcement, we strongly welcome the Scottish Government’s commitment to invest £743 million next year towards meeting its target of delivering 50,000 new affordable homes over the lifetime of the current Scottish Parliament.
“It was also encouraging to hear reconfirmation of the Scottish Government’s commitment to create a £50 million ‘Ending Homelessness Together’ fund and to target this funding in accordance with the recommendations of the homelessness and rough sleeping action group. CIH Scotland will continue to feed into the work of this important group to enable it to make a real difference.
“In particular, we would highlight the significant success of Housing First initiatives across Scotland and the UK, as demonstrated by a special report recently published by CIH Scotland. Our hope is that the Scottish Government, guided by the homelessness and rough sleeping action group, will look seriously at further Housing First initiatives as a potential target for investment of the ‘Ending Homelessness Together’ fund over the forthcoming year.
“With the recent acquisition of significant new powers, we also look forward to the Scottish Government’s future policy on social security beginning to take shape next year with the creation of a new Social Security Agency. CIH Scotland has consistently highlighted the negative impact of certain aspects of welfare reform on the housing sector and we look forward to working with the Scottish Government to deliver a social security system that has dignity and respect at its heart.”
Notes to Editors
1. Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution has today (14th December 2017) presented a draft Scottish budget for 2018-19 to the Scottish Parliament: https://news.gov.scot/news/scotlands-budget
2. 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
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