Tristan Compton, the NLA’s Representative for Edinburgh, shares the latest lobbying news.
Great news for NLA members in Scotland; the NLA are now full members of the Cross Party Housing Group within the Scottish Parliament. This strengthens the NLA’s position at the heart of the Scottish housing debate, enabling us to influence the political agenda in Edinburgh as well as Cardiff and Westminster.
As part of the Cross Party Housing Group, the NLA will play a key role in discussing the issues affecting the Housing Sector with Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs). These issues will include those relevant to the private rented sector, its landlords and the tenants they serve and those that affect social landlords and tenants.
As members of the Cross Party Housing Group, the NLA will be well placed to communicate important challenges ranging from the Green Deal to welfare reform and the imminent introduction of Tenant Information Packs in Scotland.
An important issue to be discussed by the Cross Party Group is Welfare Reform. The NLA will be leading a discussion on Welfare Reform and its impacts in Scotland at the next meeting. Amongst the topics covered will be the potential impact of Universal Credit on both tenants and landlords in the private-rented sector and a call for direct payment to Landlords to be maintained wherever possible.
If you have properties in Scotland and wish to raise a particular housing issue, please come along to the next branch meeting in your area and we will take your views to the Scottish Housing Group. The next NLA meetings will be held on the 27th February in Glasgow and the 12th March in Edinburgh. For more meetings in Scotland, visit the NLA’s event page.