Housing Policy Advisory Group30 September 2013 Strategic Priorities
Budget 2013 – 2016 • National Performance Framework • Ministerial priorities • Priorities - discussion
Housing and Regeneration Context Cut in conventional capital budget from Westminster - 26.6% in real terms over 2010-11 to 2015-16 Scottish Ministers’ spending decisions • Subsidy for new build – up by £16,000 from July 2013 • Affordable housing – investment increased - was £970m for 3 years to 2014-15 - in itself an increase from the £859m set out in February - now additional £390m allocated for 2015-16 – more than £1.35 billion over 4 years
Welfare Reform Mitigation Scottish Ministers’ spending decisions • Maintain £45.2m budget for welfare mitigation in 2014-15 and 2015-16 • Add £20m in 2013-14 for Local Authority Discretionary Housing Payments
Ministerial priorities • Homes fit for the 21stCentury Strategy and Action Plan – • Building a sustainable and affordable supply of housing • Preventing homelessness • Tackling fuel poverty • Improving the quality of Scotland’s towns and cities
Ministerial priorities Mitigating the impact of Welfare Reforms • Funding to mitigate impacts of under occupancy charge • Investing in money and debt advice services • UK Government aims to complete the roll out of Universal credit (and direct payments to claimants) by end of 2017
Discussion • Are these the right strategic priorities? • What are the barriers we all need to address? • What are the likely main impacts on the housing sector - and what can we do to help mitigate the worst of those? • What are the opportunities for Scotland in the next year? • What innovative approaches are out there that we can learn from?