Representing more than 12,500 homes for social rent in North West Glasgow, Queens Cross Housing Association, ng Homes and Maryhill Housing pledged their commitment to challenging poverty at a charter signing on 30th September 2016.
The Charter to Challenge Poverty was launched in direct response to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) figures released on 31st August 2016. They show the Associations’ areas are home to many of the country’s most deprived households with significant numbers in the top 5%.
The Charter also responds to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation strategy We Can Solve Poverty in the UK published on 6th September 2016. The strategy lays out recommendations for housing providers including a call for more investment in low-cost rented housing, affordable rent setting and help for tenants to become digitally included.
The commitments in the Charter include
- minimising rent increases
- installing heating systems to address fuel poverty
- increasing availability to low cost banking and money advice
- digital inclusion programmes
- campaigning on poverty issues.