SFHA comment on Welfare Reform Resilience Fund
Published by Anonymous for Scottish Federation Of Housing Associations in Housing and also in Communities, Universal Credit
Commenting on the announcement today (Wednesday 26 March) by Housing and Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess MSP of the £600,000 Welfare Reform Resilience Fund, David Ogilvie, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) Policy Manager, said:
“While £600,000 in mitigation funding may seem like a drop in the ocean in the broader context of welfare reform and reductions in welfare spending, SFHA still very much welcomes this funding as it signals that the Scottish Government is awake to the need for local authorities to focus greater attention on bolstering Community Planning Partnerships as part of the longer-term objectives of welfare reform.
“Having previously flagged this potential funding opportunity to members two weeks ago, we very much hope that local authorities will seize the opportunity to work in partnership with housing associations and co-operatives in their locality. As organisations who are in close touch with the communities they serve, housing associations and co-operatives have much to offer in developing innovative ways to mitigate the negative impacts of welfare reforms.”
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2. 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
3. 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.
4. Housing associations and co-operatives are not-for-profit bodies regulated by the Scottish Housing Regulator.