Reducing poverty, inequality and deprivation
Capital Coalition pledges
"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.
"Make sure the city’s people are well-housed, including encouraging developers to build residential communities, starting with brownfield sites"
In October 2016, 1,491 affordable homes were under construction across 38 sites in the city, 34 of which are Brownfield sites. These homes, along with those which have been on site this year and those due to go on site in the next financial year, add up to a total of 4,000 affordable homes across the city.
"Work in partnership with Scottish Government to release more funds for council homes for rent"
Under the 21st Century Homes programme, 1,708 quality, new energy efficient homes are complete, under construction or in procurement. A further 1,512 homes are at the planning/detailed design stage.
"Set up a task force to investigate ways to bring empty homes into use"
An Empty Homes task force was established in 2012, with representation from all political groups and key partners. Since early 2015 36 empty homes have been brought back, or are in the process of being brought back into use.
"Encourage the development of cooperative housing arrangements"
Since 2013 the Housing Service has initiated or supported over 20 co-operative and/or collaborative projects and initiatives. These included: development and implementation of the Tenant Participation Strategy (TPS), including setting up the Tenants Panel, which now has around 240 members and supporting communities to develop community gardens and allotments on Council owned land.
"Work with health, police and third sector agencies to expand existing and effective drug and alcohol treatment programmes"
Key achievements in relation to this pledge include: redesign and development of the Recovery Hubs model with improved access to treatment and redesign of counselling services and residential rehab services.
"Enforce tenancy agreements (council and private landlord) with a view to ensuring tenants and landlords fulfil their good conduct responsibilities"
Since coming into force in December 2015 new powers have been implemented to address repairing standards in the private rented sector and ensure that landlords comply with repairing standards. Rent payment cards were introduced in April 2015 to provide a further convenient option for tenants to meet their rent payment responsibilities at local payment points. Since April 2015 over £10m in rental income has been paid via this option.
"Strengthen Council housing allocation policy to give recognition to good tenants and to encourage responsible tenant behaviour and responsibilities"
A Good Neighbour Award has been developed to celebrate the positive contribution many people make to the lives of their neighbours and communities and to encourage others to follow their example. Council tenancy management and the allocation policy continue to be reviewed to reflect changes in legislation and regulatory framework as further guidance and consultation comes forward.