WELCOMING today’s (Tuesday 26th September) announcement – by Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Nicola Sturgeon, of £10 million new government funding for energy efficiency measures in affordable housing (1) – the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), said this move would have important social and economic benefits.
SFHA policy manager, David Stewart, said: “The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations welcomes the announcement by Cabinet Secretary for infrastructure of £10 million of new money for affordable housing providers to improve the energy efficiency of housing.
“With one third of social housing tenants in fuel poverty, and potential economic benefits to be had by upgrading our housing stock, we are keen to see further improvements to the energy efficiency of new build affordable housing.”
The SFHA is a member of the Existing Homes Alliance Scotland and the Scottish Government’s Fuel Poverty Forum, and has campaigned consistently for extra investment in energy efficiency measures in Scotland’s housing stock (2).
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- Read Scottish Government press release, Millions for Greener Homes, HERE http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2012/09/millions-for-greener-homes
- See the SFHA’s submission to the Scottish draft Budget 2013-14 HERE http://www.sfha.co.uk/component/option,com_docman/Itemid,37/gid,2476/task,doc_download/
- The SFHA was established in 1976 and has around 170 members providing affordable housing and wider community services in Scotland, as well as a further 200 commercial members. The SFHA is owned by its membership and exists to support the work of housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland by providing services, advice and good practice guidance.
- The SFHA is the voice of the principal builders and managers of new affordable housing for rent in Scotland. Housing Associations own and manage around 40 per cent of the country’s affordable rented housing stock, over a quarter of a million homes across Scotland.
- Housing associations and co-operatives are not-for-profit bodies regulated by the Scottish Housing Regulator.
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