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Tackling Scotland's Empty Homes: Implementing Community-Led Solutions

This event will provide a forum for key stakeholders to discuss answers to the problem of rising numbers of empty homes across Scotland, with a particular focus on how the public sector can work with local communities to co-produce solutions.

Why Should You Attend This Event?

According to the latest Quarterly Housing Statistics for Scotland, published in December 2019, the number of long-term empty properties and second homes in Scotland has risen for a third consecutive year to 65,277 dwellings. A recent Local Government and Communities Committee report has revealed that many local authorities consider existing mechanisms for bringing empty homes back into use, such as compulsory purchase orders (CPOs), are overly complicated and expensive.

Meanwhile plans to introduce an alternative tool - compulsory sales orders - have been put on the backburner by the Scottish Government due to 'constraints on the legislative programme'.

In light of these facts what is the way forward for tackling the problem of empty homes and their associated negative impact?

Join Holyrood on 28 April as we bring together stakeholders from across Scotland to answer this vital question. You'll hear the latest thinking on potential policy developments include the future prospects for the introduction of compulsory sales orders, as well as discussing practical examples of good practice in relation to community led initiatives to bring empty homes into productive use.

Key Issues We'll Discuss

  • Context on the causes and scale of the empty homes problem
  • Latest thinking on potential policy reforms including compulsory sales orders
  • Assessing CPOs - identifying pressure points and best practice application
  • Good practice case studies: examining successful community-led initiatives

Agenda

10:00 Registration and Networking

10:30 Welcome from the Chair

Session 1: Policy in Context

  • Context on the causes and scale of the empty homes problem
  • Latest thinking on potential policy reforms including compulsory sales orders

10:35 Senior parliamentarian

10:55 Senior representative, third sector

11:15 Senior representative, local authority

11:35 Q&A

11:55 Senior policymaker

12:15 Q&A

12:30 Lunch and Networking

Session 2: Utilising CPOs and Good Practice Case Studies

  • Assessing CPOs - identifying pressure points and best practice application
  • Good practice case studies: examining succesful community led initiatives

13:15 Senior representative, lawyer

13:35 Senior representative, local authority

13:55 Q&A

14:10 Case study

14:30 Case study

14:50 Case study

15:10 Q&A

15:30 Chair's Closing Remarks

15:35 Close of Event

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Date
28 Apr 2020
Venue
Central Edinburgh
Cost
Reduced Rate
1 place £145+ VAT

Voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m

Standard Rate
1 place £245+ VAT | 2+ places £195+ VAT per place

Public sector organisations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m

Private Sector Rate
1 place £295+VAT | 2+ places £245+ VAT per place

Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP

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