Housing

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 7th April 2000.

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Photo of Mike Watson Mike Watson Labour

Question S1W-6086

To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a progress report on the work of the Glasgow Housing Partnership Steering Group.

Photo of Wendy Alexander Wendy Alexander Labour

The Steering Group, which has been co-chaired by Councillor James Coleman and myself, has now finalised a framework within which tenants and others can be fully engaged in developing a housing transfer proposal in Glasgow. Arrangements are being made for the framework document to be sent to SPICe.

The framework lays the foundations for tenant-led change to create better homes and stronger communities, tackle the council’s housing debt burden and attract private finance of £1,000 million to secure new investment and create jobs. Tenants will have a key role to play in all the structures set out in the framework, which will enable a transfer proposal to be developed as part of Glasgow’s wider regeneration. The framework promotes local community empowerment, control and ownership.

A range of partners, including the council, its tenants and staff, Scottish Homes, and the existing housing associations and tenant management co-ops in the city, will now build on the framework. Provided a transfer proposal meets value for money criteria, is affordable and is supported by tenants in a ballot, the Executive is committed to servicing the council’s residual housing debt burden after transfer.

As a result of the finalisation of the framework document, I am pleased that the First Minister has authorised the release of an additional £2.3 million of New Housing Partnerships funding to enable the next phases of work to commence.

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