Margaret Burgess MSP

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  • Member for: Cunninghame South
  • Region: West Scotland
  • Party: Scottish National Party

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Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
The Minister for Housing and Welfare (Margaret Burgess)

The Property Factors (Scotland) Act 2011 sets minimum standards for the property management industry and provides protections for home owners who use the services of a property factor. The act requires the Scottish ministers to maintain a register of property factors. It requires each factor to be registered with ministers and to abide by a statutory code of conduct. The Scottish Government has put in place arrangements that enable ministers and property factors to comply with their duties under the act.



Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Margaret Burgess

The Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 contains provisions on the dismissal and replacement of factors, although we are aware that there are potential difficulties in relation to land-owning maintenance companies. Following the Justice Committee’s report last year into the effectiveness of the 2003 act, the Scottish Government is preparing a voluntary code of practice on the dismissal and replacement of land-owning maintenance companies. We intend to consult key bodies on a draft of the code shortly, and we will keep the member up to date on that.



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Minister for Housing and Welfare (Margaret Burgess)

Thank you, convener.

It is almost two years since we achieved the 2012 homelessness commitment, which was widely recognised as being the most progressive homelessness legislation in Europe. Since then, we have seen a culture change in the way in which homelessness services are delivered in Scotland. The development of the housing options approach by local authorities has resulted in homelessness services that focus on the individual or family and on securing the best and most sustainable housing outcome. Local authorities have attributed to that approach the continued fall in levels of homelessness in recent years and, importantly, the better outcomes for homeless people.

The Scottish Government has established five local authority-led hubs, which involve local authorities and their partners working together to develop and implement homelessness prevention approaches. The Government continues to support and facilitate the work of the housing options hubs. We are providing £150,000 of on-going support funding for 2014-15 to assist the hubs in continuing to develop strategies on homelessness prevention, including welfare reform mitigation.

We are also committed to continual improvement in the provision of housing options. We are working with our local authority partners and others to develop housing options guidance for local authorities, as recommended in a recent Scottish Housing Regulator report.

Housing support can have a crucial impact in the context of addressing homelessness and sustaining tenancies, particularly among vulnerable groups. Last week, newly revised housing support guidance was published, to assist local authorities as they implement the duty to provide housing support to homeless households, which was introduced in 2013.

More broadly, the experience of the first year of implementation of the duty does not suggest that there has been a significant impact on the delivery of local authority services. That is because most local authorities were already providing support for homeless households. However, the guidance has developed joint working at corporate level in local authorities and between local authorities and their partners who deliver housing support.

The Scottish Government is committed not only to preventing homelessness wherever possible but to delivering at least 30,000 affordable homes during this parliamentary session, of which 20,000 will be for social rent. I am pleased that, two thirds into the five years, we have delivered 21,322 affordable homes, of which 15,088 are for social rent. That is 75 per cent of our social rent target.

The Scottish Government recognises that progress on addressing homelessness in Scotland has been made against a backdrop of difficult economic times and welfare reforms, which pose a significant threat to future progress. We are committed to working with partners to make an impact where we can do.

Early intervention is key to reducing homelessness. The Scottish Government will continue to work closely with local authorities and their partners to prevent homelessness from occurring.



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Margaret Burgess

As I said, with the abolition of priority need, we have the most progressive homelessness legislation in Europe, under which all unintentionally homeless people are entitled to settled accommodation. That is an effective legal safety net for people who face homelessness. However, our approach to preventing homelessness from arising in the first instance is key to the falling number of people who present and are assessed as homeless. The housing options approach has had an impact.

Local authorities’ work with partners has also had a beneficial effect. There is a joined-up approach to delivering support for homeless households. We are not completely there yet—things are not perfect—but the hub approach ensures that best practice can be shared with and delivered in other areas.

The abolition of priority need has had a significant impact.



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Margaret Burgess

Before the deadline, the Government had the 2012 steering group, which comprised key partners and players in homelessness strategy and support. We kept the group—it is now the homelessness prevention and strategy group—to maintain a strategic overview of homelessness in Scotland. The group meets quarterly, and I attend twice a year.

We review the statistics that we get from our current way of recording, and we have developed a new approach to recording, the PREVENT1 return, which will be used from April and will enable us to consider how to provide the best support to homeless households and secure the best outcomes. We will be able to consider whether the preventative approach is delivering in the way that we think that it is doing.

As you said, the situation is dynamic. Things change all the time. We are subject to external issues such as welfare reform—more reforms are coming up, which undoubtedly impact on homeless households in Scotland. The homelessness prevention and strategy group is continually overseeing the situation, and the hubs discuss it regularly. The information is fed out to the regional hubs and to each local authority, and their housing options teams look at the issues, too. The information from them is then fed back and looked at strategically. That is the way that we have to continue to work.

Our work is not finished, and that was recognised when we decided to continue with the group that had expertise. All the key players are now involved in the group—the Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers, the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, the Scottish Government, Shelter, and Homeless Action Scotland. They work well together, with a common aim.

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Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Margaret Burgess

We are aware of the regulator’s comments on that issue, and we and the group are looking at it. Together, the current statistics that we have—I cannot remember what they are called—



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Margaret Burgess

The HL1 data and the new statistical recording—PREVENT1—will give us a good overview of what is happening in homelessness and housing support in Scotland. PREVENT1 will record the kinds of support provided and their outcomes. We have taken on board what the regulator said, and the homelessness prevention and strategy group is looking at it. The new statistical recording, which the regulator commented on, will give us a very good picture of homelessness across Scotland.



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Margaret Burgess

As I understand it, the HL1 is mandatory data collection—those are the statistics that we currently record. PREVENT1, which is to be rolled out 1 April 2015 and will be recorded by every local authority in Scotland, is also mandatory. The group and the local authorities in COSLA have agreed that it is to be mandatory.



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Margaret Burgess

Absolutely. We will get a better understanding of the outcomes. We will know whether a family or an individual made a homelessness application, whether they were housed without going down the homeless route, and what support was provided to them—all of that will be captured in PREVENT1. We will get a much clearer picture of what is happening in homelessness and housing.



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Margaret Burgess

I cannot give you that information at the moment, but we can look at that question and get back to you with an answer.

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S4M-11332.2 Jenny Marra: Supported Business—As an amendment to motion S4M-11332 in the name of Fergu
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S4M-11332.1 Gavin Brown: Supported Business—As an amendment to motion S4M-11332 in the name of Fergu
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S4M-11332 Fergus Ewing: Supported Business—That the Parliament recognises the economic and social va
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S4M-11304.3 Michael Russell: Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools—As an amendment to mo
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S4M-11304 Liz Smith: Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools—That the Parliament believes
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S4M-11123 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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S4M-11114.2 Kenny MacAskill: Policing—As an amendment to motion S4M-11114 in the name of Graeme Pear
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S4M-11114 Graeme Pearson: Policing—That the Parliament acknowledges that policing in Scotland contin
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S4M-11116.1.1 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-11116.1 in the name
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S4M-11116.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-11116 in the name of Jo
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Motion S4M-11023: Margaret Burgess, Cunninghame South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10438: Margaret Burgess, Cunninghame South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09926.3: Margaret Burgess, Cunninghame South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09747.2: Margaret Burgess, Cunninghame South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09749: Margaret Burgess, Cunninghame South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09482: Margaret Burgess, Cunninghame South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09209: Margaret Burgess, Cunninghame South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08470.2: Margaret Burgess, Cunninghame South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/12/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-06853: Margaret Burgess, Cunninghame South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/06/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-06208: Margaret Burgess, Cunninghame South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/04/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-01233: Margaret Burgess, Cunninghame South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/06/2012 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-01111: Margaret Burgess, Cunninghame South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23/05/2012 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-01048: Margaret Burgess, Cunninghame South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 09/05/2012 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-00935: Margaret Burgess, Cunninghame South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/04/2012 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-00731: Margaret Burgess, Cunninghame South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/02/2012 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-00697: Margaret Burgess, Cunninghame South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/02/2012 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-05033: Margaret Burgess, Cunninghame South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/01/2012 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-00566: Margaret Burgess, Cunninghame South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/12/2011 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-00512: Margaret Burgess, Cunninghame South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 07/12/2011 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-00440: Margaret Burgess, Cunninghame South, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/11/2011 Show Full Question >>

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