Housing (Glasgow)

Part of Question Time — Scottish Executive — Finance and Public Services and Communities – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:15 pm on 8th March 2007.

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Photo of Des McNulty Des McNulty Labour 2:15 pm, 8th March 2007

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.