Strong leadership required to face into housing emergency – HFS

Homes for Scotland Chief Executive Jane Wood

THE importance of strong leadership and partnership working  are among the key messages being delivered to over 900 senior home building sector representatives and guests attending the Annual Lunch and Awards of representative body Homes for Scotland (HFS) in Edinburgh later today.

At what is the largest gathering of its kind, HFS Chief Executive Jane Wood will tell guests, including Housing Minister Paul McLennan, that government must move forward together with the home building sector to deliver clear actions that will address the housing emergency declared in Parliament on Wednesday.  Reflecting on this in the context of constrained public finances and the political turbulence of recent weeks, she will say:

“Given the strong interdependencies across the whole housing sector, we must move forward together, with a collective intelligence, challenging the status quo to find new ways of doing things in order to avoid the same outcomes, or indeed no outcomes at all.

“Recent events have highlighted the significant challenges that continue to impact the ability of our members to deliver the high quality, energy efficient and sustainable homes that Scotland needs. The new leadership that is now in place provides an ideal opportunity for a positive policy reset, with strong direction  that embraces clear actions and not just words.”

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