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Scottish Housing Regulator (Meetings)

Scottish Executive Question Time — General Questions – in the Scottish Parliament at 11:40 am on 1st July 2010.

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Photo of Alex Neil Alex Neil Scottish National Party

I last met the Scottish Housing Regulator on Tuesday 1 June as part of one of my regular liaison meetings with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities. We discussed progress among landlords towards meeting the Scottish housing quality standard.

Photo of John Wilson John Wilson Scottish National Party

Has the Scottish Housing Regulator compiled the eviction figures for Scottish local authorities for 2009-10? What is the Scottish Housing Regulator doing to combat the apparently high number of eviction orders in North Lanarkshire, which totalled 1,129 in 2008-09?

Photo of Alex Neil Alex Neil Scottish National Party

Like me, the Scottish Housing Regulator is concerned about the high number of evictions in certain parts of Scotland, and about the process and cost. We are discussing the issues in the Scottish Government, as part of our examination of the Local Government and Communities Committee's stage 1 report on the Housing (Scotland) Bill and the evidence that was presented to the committee with respect to the new proposals on how to handle evictions. We will announce our response in due course, when we will define the role of the regulator in relation to such matters.