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Brexit vote ‘puts new hous­ing tar­gets at risk’ - new CIH Scot­land sur­vey

The Oban Times - - Property -

Hous­ing pro­fes­sion­als in Scot­land fear the UK’s re­cent Brexit vote could put the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s af­ford­able hous­ing tar­gets out of reach – ac­cord­ing to a new sur­vey by the Char­tered In­sti­tute of Hous­ing Scot­land. Nearly 70 per cent who took part in the sur­vey were con­cerned about the prospects of meet­ing the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s tar­get to build 10,000 af­ford­able homes a year fol­low­ing the UK vote to leave the Euro­pean Union on the June 23. Mean­while, more than half were con­cerned that the Brexit de­ci­sion would have a neg­a­tive im­pact on their or­gan­i­sa­tion’s own de­vel­op­ment plans. CIH Scot­land is the rep­re­sen­ta­tive body for hous­ing pro­fes­sion­als in Scot­land and has a mem­ber­ship of around 2,300 across the coun­try. The re­sults of the new mem­ber­ship sur­vey were re­vealed at a CIH Scot­land event in Ed­in­burgh to­day ( Tues­day, July 26) where a panel of ex­perts gath­ered to dis­cuss the likely im­pli­ca­tions of Brexit for Scot­land’s hous­ing sec­tor. As part of the sur­vey, CIH Scot­land mem­bers also ex­pressed con­cerns about the po­ten­tial fu­ture im­pact of the Brexit vote on com­mu­nity co­he­sion and, in par­tic­u­lar, the abil­ity of mi­nor­ity groups to ac­cess hous­ing in the fu­ture. There is still a large de­gree of uncertainty about the process for leav­ing the EU and Scot­land’s role and fu­ture po­si­tion as part of those ne­go­ti­a­tions. Mean­while, of­fi­cial fig­ures show the com­ple­tion of new homes by Scot­land’s so­cial hous­ing sec­tor has de­clined from a peak of 5,989 units com­pleted in 2009-10 to 3,458 units in 2015-16. CIH Scot­land di­rec­tor, An­nie Mauger said: ‘ We can­not pre­dict what the fu­ture holds but this sur­vey demon­strates just how much uncertainty there is in Scot­land’s hous­ing sec­tor. In these times of eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal uncertainty, we must en­sure that we con­tinue to work to­gether to pro­vide the new homes Scot­land needs to sup­port its grow­ing pop­u­la­tion. ‘Just as wor­ry­ing as the lack of confi dence in home- build­ing is the con­cern mem­bers have about the po­ten­tial im­pact of the re­cent ref­er­en­dum vote on our com­mu­ni­ties. The hous­ing sec­tor has al­ways had a strong role in pro­mot­ing com­mu­nity co­he­sion and this must re­main a key fo­cus go­ing for­ward.’

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