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Coronavirus (COVID-19): impact on the Affordable Housing Supply Programme

Published: 21 May 2020

Information for our delivery partners about the impact of COVID-19 on the Affordable Housing Supply Programme

21 May 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19): impact on the Affordable Housing Supply Programme

Projects which are on site

Please see the latest guidance for the construction sector. Whilst we remain absolutely committed to seeing more affordable and social housing delivered in communities across the country, our priority now must be the health and wellbeing of the people of Scotland. Measures should be taken immediately to cease construction activity and make sites safe and secure (if this has not happened already). This applies to all housing sites.

Tender applications due to be submitted

Where you are still able to submit agreed tender applications we will continue to appraise them.

New contracts still to be signed

We would advise you to take independent advice on this matter and make decisions which are right for your business. 

Projects tender approved, contract signed but not started on site

The terms of your contract will govern what happens next, but it is usually the contractor’s responsibility to ensure that the site is safe and secure.

Potential increased costs for projects already on site

We will consider valid, additional costs that are not covered by the Scottish Government’s and UK Government’s overall economic response to COVID-19. These can be discussed in more detail once known.

We can’t get on site to undertake valuations/certificate work 

As no-one should be seeking to access sites to undertake valuations/certificate work, we would be happy to discuss alternative ways of evidencing progress on site on the basis that any claims paid are then passed on immediately to the parties within the supply chain that have incurred the relevant costs.

Site work is complete but have not yet been issued with habitation certificates 

A letter has been issued from the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning to all Scottish Local Authority Chief Executives outlining special measures to enable the acceptance of unsigned certificates as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Acquisitions and property transactions expecting to settle

Registers of Scotland is placing regular updates on its Registers of Scotland website and you should keep apprised of these. We are encouraging RSLsand local authorities to request advance notices are put in place for purchases and are working with the Registers of Scotland and stakeholders to achieve settlements where possible. 

Guidance on moving home

Guidance on moving home offers information for people buying to selling private residential homes in Scotland during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Projects already in the planning system

We are aware of the potential impact on planning requirements such as consultation, timescales to implement and consents and practical advice to local authorities has been issued.

Please contact your usual local area team contact to discuss further.

Construction Policy Notes are also available.


Note – Information first published on 9 April 2020 and will be updated as required