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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

CIH Scotland comments on Autumn Statement

23/11/2016


CIH Scotland has commented on the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, presented today (23 November 2016) to the House of Commons.

CIH Scotland Executive Director Annie Mauger said:

“Tenants in England will welcome the new ban on letting agent fees, which have already been successfully introduced here in Scotland. We would like to see a greater focus from the Chancellor on boosting the supply of a wider range of housing tenures. Private housebuilders cannot build homes at a faster rate than they are able to sell them. Even with increased government support for first time buyers, there will still be a natural limit to demand and the rate at which the market can ‘absorb’ new homes. Building for a wider range of tenures, including more affordable homes to rent, would increase absorption rates. I hope that the Scottish Government will consider this when determining how to use the consequential additional funds that will flow to the Scottish budget as a result of today’s Autumn Statement.” 

Annie Mauger concluded:

“We also share concerns with many others in the housing sector about the negative impact of proposals to widen the Local Housing Allowance cap to include all tenants on Universal Credit rather than only those starting a tenancy after April of this year. Our hope remains that the Scottish Government is able to counter this damaging change in policy as new welfare powers are transferred to Holyrood. But better still would be for the policy not to go ahead in the first place.”

ENDS

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

 

2. For further information, please contact: annie.mauger@cih.org

 


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