Following the meeting in Aberdeen, Mr MacDonald said: 'Aberdeen City Council is one of a number of councils leading the way in using 'New Housing Partnership' resources to think strategically about future options for its housing stock and I am greatly encouraged by the progress being made.
'I am particularly pleased to see the council is considering setting up a new community landlord model to take on its housing stock. I have stressed to members the importance I attach to tenants being involved in both the development of proposals and in the running of any new partnership.
'Community ownership would offer tenants real control over the way their housing is managed and more certainty about future rent levels. It would also bring in additional private finance to improve the housing stock. All councillors, tenants and council staff should think positively about the benefits of community ownership.'
Aberdeen City Council received£330,000 from the 1998-99 phase of the New Housing Partnerships (NHPs) initiative, which encourages local authorities to work with tenants and the private sector to promote good quality rented housing throughout Scotland. The money is being used to carry out a study into the feasibility of setting up a new organisation to manage the housing stock.
2.The Scottish Office recently announced an extra£300m for housing and regeneration projects over the next three years, the bulk of which will be used to take forward NHPs.