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. Most recently 93.1% of school leavers have found sustained positive destinations. 

Pledge 8

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

In September 2015, 1,256 affordable homes were under construction across 25 sites in the city, 23 of which are brownfield sites.

Pledge 9

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

In November 2014 Committee approved expanding 21st Homes Programme with a business case for 400 homes.

Further approval was granted on 16 June 2015 to proceed with a Small Sites Programme which could provide around 200 homes at a selection of sites across the city.

Pledge 10

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

An Empty Homes task force was setup and has now merged with the Cooperative Approaches to Housing Sounding Board, to form the Housing Pledges Working Group. 

Pledge 11

"Encourage the development of cooperative housing arrangements"

Housing cooperatives have been encouraged and supported across the city, including Craigmillar, West Pilton Crescent and Greendykes.

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"

Newly introduced rent payment cards have contributed £2m 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 will be carried out to reflect changes in legislation and regulatory framework as further guidance and consultation comes forward.

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