The Scottish Government signalled its intention to legislate in a number of areas in ‘Homes Fit for the 21st Century’ which was published in 2011. The Housing (Scotland) Bill covered a range of housing issues, taking forward policy proposals that the Scottish Government has consulted on over the last few years.
In September 2013, workshops on 'Right to Buy', 'Social Housing allocations and tenancies', the 'Private Rented Sector' and 'Better Dispute Resolution in Housing - Private Rented Sector Tribunal' were undertaken along with a plenary session which provided an overview of the Bill and a summary of the expected parliamentary stages. The purpose of the workshops was for Scottish Government officials to:
- feedback to stakeholders on the outcomes of the consultations that ran in 2012 and 2013.
- outline the broad approach to the Housing Bill – i.e. not consulting on a draft Bill and using the Housing Policy Advisory Group as a Sounding Board for the Bill during the Stage 1 evidence period.
- continue dialogue with stakeholders on policy areas to be included in the Bill.
- receive feedback from stakeholders on other legislative measures which they would like the Scottish Government to consider for inclusion.
Since the Bill has been introduced, Scottish Government officials have attended various seminars and conferences to present the proposals included in the Bill.
Links to Presentations and Handouts
The Scottish Government consulted stakeholders on a proposal requiring Registered Social Landlords (RSL) that are entering into a group structure arrangement with another RSL to ballot their tenants before restructuring takes place.
The Minister for Housing and Welfare chaired the Housing Policy Advisory Group which provided a sounding board for the Bill. The group debated areas of the Bill where there was less consensus and provided views for the Minister to consider as part the Scottish Government's overall consideration of Stage 1 evidence.