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Consultations in Scotland

Consultations in Scotland

Consultations in Scotland

Find out more about the ongoing consultations taking place in Scotland, and how to amplify your voice as a frontline worker.

Ongoing consultations in Scotland

Housing to 2040: consultation on outline policy options

Overview

This consultation asks for your views on the Scottish Government’s draft vision and principles for our homes and communities in 2040, and your suggestions for innovative, bold and imaginative proposals in order to deliver the housing to 2040 vision. Your views will help to inform the Scottish Government’s final vision and route map to 2040.

Why the Scottish Government Are Consulting

The Scottish Government’s ambition is that everyone in Scotland should live in high quality, energy efficient homes that are affordable and that meet their needs. In last year’s Programme for Government, we committed to work with stakeholders on a vision for how our homes and communities should look and feel by 2040 and the options and choices to get there.

Please note this consultation closes on 28 February 2020

Read the consultation paper.

Closed consultations in Scotland

Care Experience and Homelessness

Consultation Description

The Scottish Government ran a survey in relation to Care Experienced children, young people and adults in Scotland, so as to improve the outcomes of this group.

The Scottish Government's aims from this survey for are:

a) to prevent young people leaving Care and becoming homeless
b) to best support those who do become homeless

Read more about the latest developments of this survey here.

Consultation on the Enhanced Heating Regimes within the new definition of Fuel Poverty

Overview

The Fuel Poverty (Targets, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill was passed by Parliament on 11 June 2019 and is currently awaiting Royal Assent.

The underlying data on households used in the calculation of fuel poverty rates is drawn from the annual Scottish House Conditions Survey (SHCS). The Enhanced Heating Regimes are a set of assumptions, laid out in the Bill and used in the calculation of fuel poverty rates, about the room temperatures and hours of heating which are appropriate for vulnerable households. This consultation is being undertaken to inform the secondary legislation, to be introduced later this year, which will specify the types of household to which the Enhanced Heating Regimes will apply.

Why the Scottish Government Are Consulting

The Fuel Poverty Bill sets out the various factors that are considered in the definition of both fuel poverty and extreme fuel poverty , including the requisite temperature and time the home should be heated to. The Scottish Government call this the ‘heating regime’. The type of heating regime used dictates the estimated costs that would be needed to provide the household with a sufficiently warm home.

This consultation sets out the three Enhanced Heating Regimes and seeks views on which households they should be applied to. Following the closing date on 16th August 2019, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help the Scottish Government. 

Read the consultation paper.

Policy Context - Scotland

Policy Context

  • The ‘Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Act 2003’ introduced a significant amendment which abolished the priority need criteria with which homeless applications were progressed. This law took effect in 31 December 2012. In Scotland there is a now a requirement for local authorities to source permanent accommodation for all applicants who are unintentionally homeless or threatened with homelessness, irrespective of priority need.
  • Recently, there has been a formal Scottish Government commitment to compliment this approach with an earlier prevention model as detailed in “Ending Homelessness Together: High Level Action Plan” (2018). 

  • The Scottish Government has pledged a £50 million fund to support homelessness prevention over the next five years. This plan includes a legal prevention duty to prevent people becoming homeless in the first place, and the aim to remove restrictions of intentionality and local connection for homelessness applications. It is premised that these legal changes will remove arbitrary barriers to make it easier to act early in preventing the problem.
     
  • The Scottish plan takes up the recommendations set out by the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) placing significant recognition of frontline workers: ‘We must ensure that the frontline workers working directly with people experiencing homelessness, who often have the deepest insight into people’s needs, are well-resourced and supported through training and access to the right resources.”  

  • The Scottish equivalent of Section 21 was a Section 33 no fault eviction. This was abolished on December 1st 2017, after which tenancies, by law, are now open-ended in Scotland. 

  • In Scotland, the Housing First Scotland Fund is the largest programme of its kind in the United Kingdom.