Reducing poverty, inequality and deprivation

Capital Coalition pledges

Pledge 7

"Further develop the Edinburgh Guarantee to improve work prospects for school leavers"

The Edinburgh Guarantee is a partnership among organisations in the private and public sectors, and community groups to help more school leavers find a sustained positive destination. To date, almost two-thousand employment outcomes for young people have been achieved through working with over five-hundred new employers large and small. 

Pledge 8

"Make sure the city’s people are well-housed, including encouraging developers to build residential communities, starting with brownfield sites"

In April 2016, 1,313 affordable homes were under construction across 42 sites in the city, 40 of which are brownfield sites.

1,058 affordable homes were completed in 2015/16 and 1,167 affordable homes were approved.

Pledge 9

"Work in partnership with Scottish Government to release more funds for council homes for rent"

Under the 21st Century Homes programme, 1,426 quality, new energy efficient homes are complete, under construction or in procurement. A further 316 homes are at the detailed design stage.

Pledge 10

"Set up a task force to investigate ways to bring empty homes into use"

24 empty homes have been brought back, or are in the process of being brought back into use and the Empty Homes Officer has a caseload of over 60 properties, the majority of which are complex, long-term empty homes. 

Pledge 11

"Encourage the development of cooperative housing arrangements"

There are a number of groups and organisations in the city interested in developing housing co-ops. The Housing Service is planning to host a seminar to bring together these organisations to share ideas and expertise and consider how projects could be taken forward in a more strategic way and provide an opportunity for potential organisations to link up if they are keen to develop a similar type of project.

Pledge 12

"Work with health, police and third sector agencies to expand existing and effective drug and alcohol treatment programmes"

A joint Commissioning Plan with Children and Families was approved by the Committee in September 2014.

The following services have been arranged and are now providing support: New Offender recovery services; New Centre for Women Offenders; retention of dry facilities for homeless people and the NHS step down unit for people with alcohol related brain damage.

Pledge 13

"Enforce tenancy agreements (council and private landlord) with a view to ensuring tenants and landlords fulfil their good conduct responsibilities"

The Private Rented Sector Team is working with partner organisations such as Police Scotland to ensure that landlords comply with standards and meet their legal responsibilities.

The rent service has been re-designed with new payment methods introduced and to mitigate against the impacts of welfare reform. Newly introduced rent payment cards have contributed £6m in rental income since April 2015.

Pledge 14

"Strengthen Council housing allocation policy to give recognition to good tenants and to encourage responsible tenant behaviour and responsibilities"

A review of Council tenancy management and allocation policies has been carried out to reflect changes in legislation and regulatory framework as further guidance and consultation comes forward.

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