Builders join call for National Outcome for housing
The representative body for the home building sector has called on the Scottish Government to introduce a new National Outcome for housing if progress is to be made in providing enough homes for the people of Scotland.
National Outcomes are part of the National Performance Framework, describing what “living well together” means.
Responding to a Scottish Government National Outcomes Review, Homes for Scotland (HFS) highlighted the need for a new standalone Outcome directly related to housing and supporting the right to an adequate home.
The HFS response stands alongside those of other organisations (such as that from the Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers, Crisis, Chartered Institute of Housing and Scottish Federation of Housing Associations) on the need for a National Outcome focusing on home.
HFS chief executive Jane Wood said: “Having a safe and secure home is a fundamental human need, with adequate housing recognised as part of the human right to an adequate standard of living, yet it is one that many people in Scotland do not have - demonstrated by the 110,000 shortfall in homes that has accumulated since 2007.
“With housing underpinning the ambition of a wellbeing economy, it seems incredulous that it isn’t already an Outcome in its own right, sitting alongside the likes of health and education. This review is therefore crucial to rectifying that and to creating a housing focus which still isn’t visible enough.
“As well as supporting the Scottish Government’s recent appointment of a dedicated Minister and its “Housing to 2040” vision, this would provide a stronger platform to promote the fundamental role that home plays in all of our lives and encourage more joined-up policy-making across portfolios.
“We stand ready to assist the Scottish Government in whatever way we can to ensure that everyone has a place that they can call home.”