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Scottish Parliament: New Housing (Town Centre First Approach) (19 May 2022)

Shona Robison: Our joint response with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities to the town centre action plan review outlines actions to embed a town centre first approach. It includes a call to action and sets out ways in which we can all play our part in rebuilding, re-energising and reimagining our towns. We are fully committed to the town centre first principle and continue to engage with partners...

Scottish Parliament: New Housing (Town Centre First Approach) (19 May 2022)

Shona Robison: I recognise some of the issues that the member describes. It depends on the site. Some brownfield sites have flooding or decontamination issues, but not all do. It is right that we encourage development and, in particular, that we encourage social landlords to develop on brownfield sites, so we will obviously do what we can around that. It is important to recognise that there is already a...

Scottish Parliament: New Housing (Town Centre First Approach) (19 May 2022)

Shona Robison: Yes, absolutely. Again, I am very happy to keep Fiona Hyslop appraised as Tom Arthur, who has responsibility for many of the issues, and I consider those matters. Our second town centre action plan outlines actions to embed the town centre first approach. It is absolutely critical that we join the dots across all elements of Government policy, not least our net-zero ambitions. I am happy to...

Scottish Parliament: New Housing (Town Centre First Approach) (19 May 2022)

Shona Robison: I am aware of Tom Arthur’s visit, and Christine Grahame makes an important point . I am very happy to commit to liaise with local organisations, which know the opportunities in their areas better than we do. It is important that we try to ensure that we take the opportunity to create more affordable housing in our town centres, which also helps with their regeneration. As I said, we need to...

Scottish Parliament: Cladding Remediation (12 May 2022)

Shona Robison: I want to provide members with an update on the work that the Scottish Government is carrying out to identify and remediate unsafe cladding and, specifically, our single building assessment pilot, which we introduced in 2021. This has not been an easy process for anyone. The Grenfell tower tragedy shocked us all, and it highlighted that many people could be living in buildings that pose a...

Scottish Parliament: Cladding Remediation (12 May 2022)

Shona Robison: We will speak to home owners about any payments that they have already made in relation to assessments. I know that officials have already been engaging with some home owners on that. We will continue to do so, because it is important. Let me be clear about the reason why the single building assessment is so important. It was launched only last summer because a lot of work had gone into...

Scottish Parliament: Cladding Remediation (12 May 2022)

Shona Robison: I absolutely recognise home owners’ frustrations. I also recognise the technical challenges and difficulties with which home owners and factors have been struggling in the commissioning of reports. That is why my statement announced a move to proactive commissioning of SBAs directly, and to harnessing the skill set that exists in Scotland. That will be tough, because we will need a lot of...

Scottish Parliament: Cladding Remediation (12 May 2022)

Shona Robison: Along with our Welsh colleagues, we have continually called for a joined-up four-nations approach to the issue. We thought that that would be the simplest way to move forward, given the complexity. However, a few weeks ago, the UK Government moved to what is clearly an England-only approach, despite matters such as insurance, mortgage lending and corporation tax clearly being reserved and...

Scottish Parliament: Cladding Remediation (12 May 2022)

Shona Robison: I thank Alexander Stewart for the question. As I said earlier, the UK Government has contracted with an insurance underwriter to back the provision of a UK-wide professional indemnity insurance scheme. There has been some delay in that, but it will provide PII for fire risk assessors across the UK, which will help to move things forward. However, we believe that the insurance for home owners...

Scottish Parliament: Cladding Remediation (12 May 2022)

Shona Robison: I was pleased to be able to support the expansion of the pilot, and I announced today that our programme will tackle the most complex buildings, increase the number of properties in the programme and remove the burden from home owners. I know that that will be of particular importance to Joe FitzPatrick and some of his constituents. In the statement, I said that the UK Government has moved...

Scottish Parliament: Cladding Remediation (12 May 2022)

Shona Robison: I am happy to continue to discuss all these issues with Pauline McNeill. The accord will give us a forum in which not just developers but home owners will be able to look at what more we can do in the here and now. Clearly, the issue of insurance is complicated, but the good thing about the single building assessment is that, because it has been worked through with so many critical...

Scottish Parliament: Cladding Remediation (12 May 2022)

Shona Robison: I agree that developers must take responsibility and remediate buildings that they have built and are associated with. My approach is to ensure that, in the interest of home owners, we work in a positive way with developers on the matter. I expect to take that forward through the Scottish safer buildings accord. As I said in my statement, that approach means that the public funds that we have...

Scottish Parliament: Cladding Remediation (12 May 2022)

Shona Robison: I do not believe that the pilot has not been a success—it has been a success in being able to test out the single building assessment. The problem has been the way in which single building assessments have been commissioned, which has been shown to be too complex and onerous for home owners and factors. That is what we have learned, which is why we are switching to a commission basis....

Scottish Parliament: Cladding Remediation (12 May 2022)

Shona Robison: Yes, they are, although it does not make it easy for anybody in this situation. It is important that developers recognise that, even though the UK Government is having an England-only focus, many of the developers are UK-wide organisations and their responsibility is to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as to England. So far, the discussions that I have had in that space have been...

Scottish Parliament: Cladding Remediation (12 May 2022)

Shona Robison: Ariane Burgess is quite right that we have recently passed building standards on this issue, but they build on what were quite robust building regulations and standards that go back as far as 2005. It is important to say that. The safe buildings register that we have talked about and are committed to will be important for home owners and for the institutions that we have talked about in terms...

Scottish Parliament: Cladding Remediation (12 May 2022)

Shona Robison: No, neither we nor the Welsh had any sight of the announcements that were made. They took us by surprise because, until that point, we had assumed that the work was being done on a four-nations basis, particularly around the levy. However, we are where we are, and we are determined to make sure that we look to what we can do here in Scotland. We will continue to work closely with Wales; we...

Scottish Parliament: Cladding Remediation (12 May 2022)

Shona Robison: Annie Wells raises a number of issues. We have said on a number of occasions that we will support and work with public bodies and health boards to understand their current estates and to make sure that they have done detailed assessments and that any issues are resolved. Where issues are found, we will support those organisations with the technical expertise that they need to assess and...

Scottish Parliament: Approval of Scottish Statutory Instruments (11 May 2022)

Shona Robison: We have worked at pace over the past two months, since the United Kingdom announced the sponsorship schemes, to understand what is needed and to respond to issues as they have arisen while the scheme develops. The three instruments that we have laid today will work together to increase the options for safely housing people who are fleeing the illegal war in Ukraine. Alongside instruments that...

Scottish Parliament: Free Bus Travel (Asylum Seekers) (4 May 2022)

Shona Robison: Asylum seekers in Scotland are already able to access the national free bus travel schemes for older and disabled people and, of course, for under-22s. The Minister for Transport and I are keen that we do what we can to support all asylum seekers in Scotland, including by enabling them to access support and services on the same basis as other residents in Scotland. That includes providing...

Scottish Parliament: Free Bus Travel (Asylum Seekers) (4 May 2022)

Shona Robison: I am happy to meet Mark Ruskell to discuss the issue in more depth. He will be aware of the ending destitution together strategy, which sets out a clear approach to improving support for people with no recourse to public funds who are subject to restrictions. That includes people who are seeking asylum. Scottish Government officials are investigating the case for providing free bus travel for...


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