Social Housing Resilience Group impact report published



A report of the outputs and outcomes delivered by the Social Housing Resilience Group (SHRG) has been published by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA).

Available here, the report summarises the SHRG’s work between March and May 2020.

Updates this week include:

  • A new national procurement option for PPE is now available for housing associations. Please contact Stacey Dingwall sdingwall@sfha.co.uk for more details.
  • The first COVID-19 returns to the Scottish Housing Regulator were submitted on May 7. Aggregated figures have been published on the SHR website, with the next submission due on June 8. 
  • SFHA is seeking financial data from members to inform asks of government and the commercial lending sector. The deadline to respond is June 5, but SFHA have stated a willingness to be flexible. Amendments will be made to the return for Q2 based on member feedback. For further information please contact Shona Mitchell smitchell@sfha.co.uk.
  • SFHA shared feedback from associations on their tenants’ experiences with energy suppliers, with the main issues being legacy payment meters and with specific suppliers. There are also concerns over rising bills for tenants as the pandemic continues. Scottish Government has raised these with Energy UK, which is expected to join a call with the SHRG in the next couple of weeks.
  • Work is underway to review future plans and priorities for EEESH and the installation of smoke detectors in light of current restrictions. SFHA has submitted evidence from members regarding fire safety to the Scottish Government.  
  • The SHRG is working on a response on behalf of the sector to the Scottish Government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Framework for Decision Making proposals and Route map, including a restarting services guide for landlords, an online space for sharing practice and ideas, and focussed discussions on key priorities including lettings and financial support for tenants.

The SHRG was convened by SFHA in response to the coronavirus outbreak. As well as SFHA, the SHRG comprises Scottish Government, NHS Health Scotland, Scottish Housing Regulator, Wheatley Group, Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations, Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland, and Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers. It aims to deal with the significant challenges the outbreak is causing so that social landlords can continue to provide the support their tenants and communities need.

  • Read all of our articles relating to COVID-19 here.


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