TO BE PUBLISHED June 2022
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This seminar will bring together stakeholders with policymakers to discuss the next steps for Housing Policy in Scotland.
It will be an opportunity to discuss the priorities for a new Housing Bill as it is prepared for introduction to the Scottish Parliament.
We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government; and Alison Watson, Director, Shelter Scotland.
With the bill expected to include reforms affecting the rented sector following consultation on a new strategy, related areas for discussion include plans to improve housing standards, affordability and accessibility across Scotland, with a focus on meeting the needs of the communities.
The conference also takes place in the context of a raft of policy initiatives affecting the future of housing in the areas of:
- tackling homelessness and housing inequality
- planning policy, house building, and land use
- green development and supporting net-zero ambitions
Areas for discussion include:
- standards, affordability and accessibility - next steps for improvement, including assessing the introduction of a new Scottish Accessible Homes Standard
- collaboration - what will be needed to achieve improved engagement between key stakeholders in the housing system and wider public services as envisaged in the Housing to 2040 strategy
- building targets - the Government’s plans for 110,000 affordable homes by 2032, in the face of ongoing concerns surrounding supply and labour shortages
- communities - identifying and meeting needs, tackling housing insecurity and homelessness, and how to achieve the emphasis on prevention in the Ending Homelessness Together action plan
- net-zero ambitions - the Heat in Buildings Strategy, implications of proposals for standards for zero emissions heating and energy efficiency between 2023-2025, and potential support required
- concerns - how issues raised within the housing sector might be addressed, such as the extent of rental market reform, and provision of greater clarity and direction for stakeholders