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Autumn Statement: SFHA highlights three areas for action

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Commenting ahead of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement today (Thursday 5th December 2013), Mary Taylor, CEO of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations said:

“Scotland’s housing associations and co-operatives, which house half of all social housing tenants in Scotland, are facing a range of challenges which the UK Government can help to mitigate. Ahead of the Autumn Statement, the SFHA is calling on the Chancellor to focus on three things to help Scotland’s housing associations and co-operatives and their tenants (1).

“Firstly, improving access to both capital investment and private finance to stimulate affordable house building; secondly, to repeal the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ which is unfairly penalising tenants and causing financial pressure for social landlords; and thirdly, to fund a long-term programme of energy efficiency improvements to the housing stock, as the only way to tackle fuel poverty successfully.” 

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For further information, contact Claire Munro on t: 0141 567 6244 m: 07771 926 778 or e: cmunro@sfha.co.uk

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NOTES:
1. More information is available in the SFHA’s autumn statement briefing, available at  http://www.sfha.co.uk/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=3563&Itemid=340
2. The SFHA’s briefing in advance of the Autumn Statement is available here:
3. The SFHA was established in 1976 and has around 119 members providing affordable housing and wider community services in Scotland, as well as a further 200 commercial members. The SFHA is owned by its membership and exists to support the work of housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland by providing services, advice and good practice guidance. www.sfha.co.uk
4. The SFHA is the voice of the principal builders and managers of new affordable housing for rent in Scotland. Housing Associations own and manage around 40% of the country’s affordable rented housing stock, over a quarter of a million homes across Scotland.
5. Housing associations and co-operatives are not-for-profit bodies regulated by the Scottish Housing Regulator.

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