by Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government
The Scottish Government's ambition is that everyone in Scotland should live in high quality energy efficient homes that are affordable and that meet their needs. We want to support our most disadvantaged communities and create great places that are sustainable and promote wellbeing. And we want this to be sustainable for the future.
This is a time to reimagine a housing system and create a vision for housing between now and 2040. To do that, we need to build on the wisdom across the wide and varied housing sector – tenants and residents, academics, councillors, councils, housing associations, third sector, landlords, lenders and house builders. And we need to hear from the whole of Scotland: rural, urban and island Scotland and communities of interest that face particular challenges when it comes to housing.
Housing is embedded in so much that we want to achieve. It has a vital role to play in meeting many of our aspirations, including eradicating child poverty and homelessness, ending fuel poverty, tackling the effects of climate change and promoting inclusive growth.
This is why we must ensure we have a housing system that works for us all, is dynamic and nimble enough to adapt to future changes and challenges and also anticipates those challenges and is resilient in the face of them.
This document sets out what we have heard so far and what our next steps are. That includes the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning and I engaging with stakeholders and the public over the summer. I want to hear directly from communities across Scotland about what's important for them, their children and grandchildren, when it comes to their future in Scotland.
We need to challenge ourselves about what our vision is for housing in Scotland in 2040, and be ambitious in our aims. And we need to work together to ensure this is a shared vision for Scotland so that we can put a route map in place that will stand the test of time.
This is an exciting opportunity for housing policy for Scotland and I want everyone to play their part in creating the homes and communities of 2040.
I sincerely look forward to working with you and learning from you along the way.
Aileen Campbell MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government