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PRELIMINARY FINDINGS OF SCOTTISH HOUSE CONDITION SURVEY

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The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities welcomed the publication today of the preliminary findings of the Scot...
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities welcomed the publication today of the preliminary findings of the Scottish house condition survey being undertaken by Scottish Homes.

COSLA Housing Convenor Marjorie O'Neill said: 'After the prolonged campaign by COSLA for a house condition survey it is gratifying to see preliminary finds being published today.

'However, it gives no satisfaction to find that the survey simply confirms how widespread are the problems of condensation and dampness, especially in public sector stock including council housing. Now that the scale of the problems is confirmed we need the investment to match it.

'I am pleased...to thank the local authorities for the significant contribution they have made to the survey...by making staff available for survey work and providing information to ensure the most accurate picture could be obtained of the condition of Scotland's housing stock, especially as the sample of 25,000 houses used was in our view much too small.

'The preliminary findings will be discussed with Scottish Homes, and COSLA looks forward to the final report due to be published din June. A national picture of Scottish housing will be available to everyone for the first time. Then all concerned with the improvement of our housing stock must use house condition surveys as a starting point for future planning and investment'.
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