"Environmental, Social and Governance", are three key aspects of organisations and their business models which can help deliver sustainability and a positive impact on communities and the environment. For Scottish registered social landlords, ESG principles are not only a natural fit with what they do, they can potentially also bring a financial incentive.
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Day 4 of our National Housing Conference 2021 featured discussion from our panel on the challenges of the past 12 months from a finance perspective. Key priorities over the next 12 months were also discussed by the panel.
As most private landlords will know by now, a new form of tenancy for use in the Scottish private residential sector - the "private residential tenancy" or "PRT" came into effect on 1 December 2017. The Scottish Government has published a model PRT, but just how mandatory are the clauses it contains?
A couple of year ago, I noted the lack of longer-term funding from the main lenders to the sector, and the emergence of alternatives, such as private placements and other bond-linked funding, and the development of the HARIS initiative. Since then, HARIS has come and gone, with one of the reasons given being that the funding market had eased and that HARIS members were experiencing fewer difficulties accessing funding. Is that the case?
The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has come to the decision that registered social landlords (RSLs) in Scotland are to be classified as public non-financial corporations for the purpose of national accounts and other ONS economic statisticsm adding their borrowing to the public sector balance sheet. Since then the Scottish Government has announced that it intends to introduce new legislation to ensure RSLs are re-classified as private bodies.