Draft housing (Scotland) Bill: a consultation
ACE have submitted a written response to the Consultation on the draft Housing (Scotland) Bill.
ACE welcomes the Government’s consultation on a draft Housing (Scotland) Bill.
Since ACE does not have a view on ending the right to buy, we have not responded to questions in part one of the consultation document.
We broadly agree in principle with the three main objectives for social landlords as proposed in the consultation paper, though we believe that a requirement to improve the energy performance of Scotland’s social housing stock should be explicit, since this is crucial to both ending fuel poverty and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, both of which the Government is statutorily obliged to do.
We agree in principle with the proposal to establish a Scottish Social Housing Charter and a Scottish Housing Regulator, but believe improving the energy performance of Scotland’s social housing stock should be explicit and at the forefront of the charter, and should be one of the key areas of work for the regulator.
ACE is disappointed at the lack of any mention in the consultation document of reducing emissions from our homes. We believe it essential that the Bill includes specific measures to do this, including but not limited to the following:
- The Scottish Government must lay out in primary legislation the roadmap to zero-carbon new buildings.
- The Scottish Government should set minimum energy efficiency standards for the private rented sector at point of rental.
- The Scottish Government should set minimum energy efficiency standards for the owner-occupied sector at point of sale.
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