When asked whether Scottish Ministers should establish regulations for housing support and provision, respondents were evenly split as to whether they were in favour or opposed to such a proposal.
Almost all housing associations who responded to the consultation were in favour of Scottish Ministers establishing regulations for housing support and provision. Two-thirds of local authorities who responded were against Scottish Ministers esablishing such regulations.
For those in favour of establishing regulations, the most common reason given was to ensure consistency in housing assessment and provision; for those opposed to establishing regulations, the most common reason given was that guidance would suffice and/or be preferable, and that current legislation made regulations unnecessary.
A large majority of respondetns were against Scottish Ministers specifying which matters a local authority is to have regard to when ensuring provision of housing support services. The most common reasons for this view were: the implications it would have on the nature of services and decision making; and a preference for guidance rather than prescription.