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 91% 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 2014/15 the Council approved 1,437 affordable homes and completed the construction of 1,055 new homes. 

Pledge 9

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

Since 2009 the Council has secured nearly £15M Scottish Government funding to support house building. £5.8M was approved in 2013/14 for the Social Rented programme at Pennywell.

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"

The Council has supported students from the University of Edinburgh to set up a housing cooperative to provide affordable homes for students.

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 appoved 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 alcoohol 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 Council introduced new rent payment cards in April 2015 to reinforce the message of the importance of rent payment and help available. 

Pledge 14

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

The Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 sets out new laws for tenancy management and allocations.

A tenant will not normally be considered for a transfer to another tenancy or mutual exchange when they have rent arrears or are subject to anti-social behaviour investigation. 

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