Programme for Government Announced by First Minister

Sep 7, 2016

The First Minister today announced her 2016-17 Programme for Government focusing on the themes of an education system providing opportunities for all, an economy with more jobs and fair work, public services fit for the future, empowering people and communities through strengthened local democracy and safeguarding Scotland’s place in the world.

Items of particular note for members include:

  • investment of more than £572 million this financial year in the affordable housing supply programme
  • continuing help for people buying an affordable home through shared equity programmes
  • refreshing the national strategy for housing for Scotland’s older people
  • bringing forward a Planning Bill early in the Parliamentary session to enable housing and infrastructure delivery and promoting quality of place and the public interest
  • implementation of recommendation for Simplified Planning Zones to help attract investment and promote housing delivery
  • support to modernise compulsory purchase orders in advance of legislation to ensure vacant and derelict land can be brought back into use
  • publication of a Climate Change Plan and accompanying Energy Strategy this winter, outlining intention to reduce carbon emissions by 80% between 1990 and 2050
  • commencement of new Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme in 2018 to improve the energy efficiency of homes and buildings in the commercial, public and industrial sectors
  • consultation on regulation of private rented sector housing to increase efficiency standards and heat regulations commensurate with the scale of the heat market

A £500 million Scottish Growth Scheme providing investment guarantees and loans for “high-growth potential companies, with clear export growth plans” was also announced.

Responding HFS Chief Executive Nicola Barclay pointed to the vital role that increasing the supply of new high quality, warm and energy-efficient homes could play in achieving the First Minister’s ambition of improving education outcomes and boosting the wider economy. She also pointed to the difficulties small and medium sized builders face in accessing development finance, highlighting the key importance they have to play domestically in increasing housing supply and reiterating her call for financial support to be made available to them.

The full Programme for Government document can be accessed here and our press release here.

Source: Homes for Scotland - News Alert


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