Housing and Economy Convener and Vice Convener mark Scottish Housing Day 2017

In line with the aims of Scottish Housing Day, the City of Edinburgh Council Housing and Economy Convener and Vice Convener today (Thursday 21 September) hope to raise awareness of the latest developments in housing and the options open to people.

Housing dayEarlier today the Housing Minister Kevin Stewart visited one of the Council’s developments in Craigmillar. In partnership with Dunedin Canmore, 111 homes are under construction on site as part of the wider generation of the area.  The Council and its housing association partners have already delivered more than 700 homes in Craigmillar, with plans in place for around 600 more. An integral part of the new housing development at Craigmillar is the broad range of community benefits included in the developer contracts, including apprenticeships, engagement with local schools and colleges and contractor contributions towards a community investment fund and a dedicated Community Benefits expert to ensure that community benefits are collaborative, well communicated, relevant and monitored.

Housing and Economy Convener, Gavin Barrie said: “I’m very proud that our committee  oversees one of the most ambitious council-led housebuilding programmes in the UK. The Council’s strong history of partnership working and award-winning housing development means that work is already well under way to achieve our coalition pledge to build 20,000 homes over the next ten years with over 2,000 affordable homes under construction on 33 sites in the city.

“Over the last 5 years, the Council and its housing association partners have built more than 4,000 homes for affordable rent and low cost home ownership throughout the city. Meeting the city’s housing needs is a big challenge but I look forward to working with housing developers and other partners to develop quality, affordable homes in places where we would all choose to live.”  

One way tenants can have their say on Scottish Housing Day is through the 2018/19 Housing Budget Consultation.

Councillor Lezley Marion Cameron, Vice-Convener of Housing and Economy Convener said:

“Central to the delivery and development of our service is talking and listening to residents and understanding their priorities and concerns. I want to use Scottish Housing Day to remind our tenants of their opportunity to have their say in the Housing Budget Consultation.

“Every year we ask our tenants for their views on how their rent should be spent. We use their responses to inform the Council housing budget for the following year and a five year investment plan.

“Over the last two years, our tenants have told us that they want us to build more homes, to improve the quality of existing homes and to invest in services which help them to reduce costs. We want to know what you think of our plan.

“The consultation runs until 31 October 2017. Tenants are able to share their views in many different ways, including online, through a survey in the Tenants’ Courier, postcards in local offices and at the tenants’ conference on 28 October 2017.

"The City of Edinburgh Council is establishing a Homelessness Task Force and the Scottish Government recently announced a £50 million fund to tackle homelessness. We welcome the opportunities for joint working between Scottish Government and the Council."

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