Housing register pilots go for speed
A series of on-line one-stop shops is to be introduced to speed up applications for social housing in Scotland.
Six local authorities are piloting common housing registers involving landlords coming together to create a single on-line list of people seeking social housing in their area. The intention is to roll out the scheme across Scotland following pilots in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Stirling, Renfrewshire, the Scottish Borders and Fife.
Social justice minister Jackie Baillie announced this week a £2 million national framework for CHRs as well as the appointment of a national co-ordinator. Hilary Third takes on the full-time two-year post.
The framework was drawn up by a partnership including the Scottish Executive, Scottish Homes, COSLA, the Chartered Institute of Housing and the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations.
Ms Baillie said: ‘The present system of multiple applications does not serve the interests of anyone. But common housing registers help to make housing services more accessible and responsive.'
The largest tranche of funding, £686,000 has come from the Scottish Executive's modernising government fund, with a further £137,000 from the executive's development department.
Shadow social justice and housing minister Fiona Hyslop welcomed the move but said it should have been in the housing bill as a statutory requirement.
She claimed the initiative was first suggested by the SNP.
She added: ‘I welcome any initiatives that will make it easier and more efficient for people to apply for a home in the social rented sector.'