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COSLA: NEW APPROACH REQUIRED TO TACKLE HOUSING NEEDS

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Scotland's councils must look at imaginative and innovative ways of levering investment into the public sector hous...
Scotland's councils must look at imaginative and innovative ways of levering investment into the public sector housing stock.

Speaking after a meeting with Scottish housing minister, Calum MacDonald, COSLA president Keith Geddes said: 'COSLA welcomes the additional£35m earmarked by the government for a new housing partnership next year. But the stark reality - with which we have all to come to terms - is that public investment in housing will continue to be extremely limited.

'The historical role of councils in housing as major providers and landlords needs to move forward to reflect that reality. Councils' new role in housing will be about leading the partnership with Scottish Homes, housing associations, the private sector and, above all, the tenants themselves in developing local strategies to meet local housing needs.

'With one in three council houses in need of major repair our first and last interest must always be with our tenants. It is irrelevant who funds improvements the important thing is providing tenants with warm, high quality, affordable housing.'
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