Day 2 of our National Housing Conference 2021 featured discussion from our panel on the challenges of the past 12 months from a governance perspective and the resulting resilience that the sector has shown. Key priorities over the next 12 months were also discussed.
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Day one of NHC 2021 saw leading academics discuss proposed manifestos for the future direction of housing policy in Scotland and Wales, drawing comparisons and lessons to be learned from both.
Scottish Finance Secretary, Kate Forbes, made a controversial proposal in January this year suggesting that housing developments where residents must speak Gaelic, or commit to learning it, could be introduced as part of a package of measures to help to save the language. Is a designated housing allocation for Gaelic speakers a lawful means of boosting Gaelic use?
Scotland's housing providers have a significant part to play in helping Scotland achieve its net zero emissions commitments, but a challenge lies ahead as they strive to meet the various targets that the Scottish Government has set for energy efficient housing.
The Building Standards Technical Handbooks 2020 introduce new standards and guidance applicable to all building warrants submitted from 1 March 2021 and to building work which does not require a warrant commenced from that date.