Fears Glasgow social housing lease may develop into unaffordable amid price of dwelling disaster

Some social properties in Glasgow may develop into unaffordable, a councillor has warned, as town authorized its housing technique for the following 5 years.

Councillor Elaine McDougall expressed fears over rents rising steeply resulting from community housing associations being devoured up by greater organisations.

And town’s housing chief admitted rising rents was not one thing they might management.

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It got here as Councillor Soryia Siddique bought settlement for the council to ascertain an empty properties multi-agency working group involving Wheatley and different social landlords to assist increase the provision of housing.

The objectives of the council’s new housing technique for 2023 to 2028 embody offering 6,500 reasonably priced properties and the identical variety of non-public properties.

The technique was authorized on the metropolis administration committee final week.

Councillor Kenny McLean, SNP, mentioned its imaginative and prescient is for “extra reasonably priced, accessible, safer, sustainable properties which assist good well being and thriving neighbourhoods throughout town.”

He mentioned the purpose can be that properties “are properly related to jobs, schooling providers and alternatives and contribute to Glasgow being a beautiful place for individuals to stay be taught work and make investments.”

Councillor McDougall raised fears about reasonably priced housing changing into “unaffordable” amid a value of dwelling disaster.”

Elevating points over social housing rents, Councillor McDougall, Labour, mentioned: “We now have misplaced quite a few community- primarily based housing associations and quite a few housing associations are taking up. A few of their rents are approach above the Scottish common. Is the council paying attention to this?

Councillor McLean, convenor for housing, mentioned: “We’re aware of that state of affairs and we now have issued statements of assist to the group primarily based housing associations on that difficulty. I share your issues on that.”

He added: “Sadly we as a council don’t management that. “

There’s at present a bid for Reidvale Housing Affiliation to be taken over.

Calling on a multi-agency group to be set as much as sort out the issue of empty properties within the metropolis going to waste, Labour councillor Siddique mentioned: “We now have empty properties. We don’t have sufficient social properties, we now have homelessness on the rise and we try to do as a lot as we are able to as shortly as we are able to.”

Councillor McLean agreed to the arrange of a multi-agency group after contemplating the request.

The committee additionally determined to approve a reference being made within the housing technique in relation to “an motion plan for Glasgow’s Constructed Heritage, with particular reference to the Wheatley Group” following a request from councillor Siddique.

Councillor Martha Wardrop, Scottish Greens, identified social landlords may play an element in serving to home abuse victims.

She identified individuals impacted by home abuse can find yourself homeless.

Susanne Millar, chief officer of Glasgow’s Well being and Social Care Partnership, confirmed the organisation is working with social landlords on the difficulty as a part of a home abuse technique.

Tory councillor Thomas Kerr identified how Glasgow’s planning purposes course of needs to be speeded as much as speed up home constructing.

He mentioned the council is the eighth longest in processing planning purposes nationally and the fifth dearest by way of price.

Chair councillor Ricky Bell, SNP, advisable warning in evaluating the big and “complicated” native authority of Glasgow with smaller councils however agreed there needs to be a speedy course of.

Councillor Kerr is to have discussions with Councillor McLean and an officer over the matter it was agreed.

A significant session has taken place on the housing technique, which councillor McLean described as one of the “profitable.”


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