Scottish ministers remain committed to extending community ownership in Glasgow. In December, my predecessor wrote to the board of Glasgow Housing Association setting out a framework for taking forward second-stage transfers and re-affirming the Executive's intention of achieving some early transfers. I have had meetings this week with different housing associations in that regard.
The Glasgow stock transfer is already delivering a massive deal for tenants in Glasgow, including around £450 million of investment over the past four years alone. That equates to GHA spending around £1 million every two days on tenants' homes. The increased investment has already delivered substantial, real improvements for tenants, including more than 28,500 new central heating systems, some 11,000 kitchens and 11,000 bathrooms and more than 34,000 new secure doors.
Overall, the transfer has delivered around £1.5 billion for tenants in Glasgow—a substantial achievement by this Labour-Liberal Democrat Executive.
The minister will be aware that, despite the Executive's best efforts to promote second-stage transfer, there remains a widespread concern that GHA is not fully
"a substantial restructuring of the LHO network in Glasgow ... to help facilitate a series of transfers to a smaller number of viable and sustainable organisations subject to tenant ballot" was needed? When are we going to get those transfers?
The letter from Malcolm Chisholm, which is available on the Communities Scotland website, makes it clear that, between now and the summer, ministers and Communities Scotland will be working with GHA to identify and support any organisations that are able to move forward to second-stage transfer under the current arrangements. Following that, we will work with GHA and the local housing associations to take forward a restructuring of the local housing organisation network to create an affordable structure for second-stage transfer that is in the best interests of tenants.