Scottish Budget: Investment in prevention is needed, say SFHA

Scottish Government previously announced £826m of funding for affordable housing as part of the 2019/20 budget.

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In the 2019/20 Scottish Budget, the Scottish Government announced more than £825m of its total £3bn of investment to deliver 50,000 affordable homes will be spent next year.

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) had previously welcomed the announcement by the Scottish Government, but a commitment of funding is needed ‘beyond the lifetime of this parliament’ to meet outstanding and future need.

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has further revealed ‘disappointment’ in a funding freeze in housing adaptations to enable people to stay in their homes.

Commenting on yesterday’s (31st January) first level agreement, Sally Thomas, CEO of SFHA, said: “While SFHA welcomes the allocation of £825m of investment in affordable housing, we are deeply disappointed that investment in adaptations has effectively been frozen for the last seven years.

“The number of people needing their homes adapted to enable them to live healthier, more independent lives has increased substantially.

“A recent SFHA member survey revealed that many housing associations run out of the vital funding required to put in adaptations for people who need them, half way through the year.

“That needs to change, and this is a classic example of effective preventative spend that needs to be significantly increased.

“Falls cost the NHS £500,000 per day. A handrail and additional lighting, which could help prevent a fall, costs around £500.

“Pressure on our NHS will only start to fall when we invest in prevention.”

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