Homes at the Heart – CIH Scotland published its manifesto for housing 2021-2026
CIH Scotland is calling for housing to be at the heart of Scotland’s social and economic recovery from coronavirus and to be prioritised within all party manifestos ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections next year. The CIH Scotland manifesto calls for commitment to a new target to deliver 53,000 affordable homes over the next parliamentary term as recommended by research published by CIH Scotland, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and Shelter Scotland in June.
The manifesto sets out priorities for the housing sector under five themes:
• Housing supply
• Improving existing homes
• Housing as a profession
• Partnership working
• Housing as a human right
Policy and practice manager, Ashley Campbell said:
“This year has thrown up challenges that none of us could have imagined but while we continue to deal with immediate priorities, we also need to look ahead to shape the housing system we want to see in the future.
“Building on feedback from our CIH Scotland board, members and other stakeholders as part of our consultation on Housing to 2040 and more recent work on the impact of coronavirus, this manifesto outlines a future where every person is able to realise their right to a safe, secure, affordable home that meets their needs. This means investing in new affordable homes, ensuring that our existing homes are energy efficient and fit for purpose, working more closely with partners in other sectors and making sure our workforce has the skills and support required to provide the very best quality homes and services.
“Whatever the outcome of next year’s election is, we need to see cross party commitment to long term investment in the housing sector over the next five years and beyond.”
The full manifesto is available on the CIH Scotland website.
Notes to editors:
1. The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards. Our goal is simple – to provide housing professionals with the advice, support and knowledge they need to be brilliant. CIH is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. This means that the money we make is put back into the organisation and funds the activities we carry out to support the housing sector. We have a diverse membership of people who work in both the public and private sectors, in 20 countries on five continents across the world. Further information is available at www.cih.org
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