Margaret Burgess MSPANNOUNCEMENT 6 June 2013

We consulted in 2012 on changes to the way social landlords allocate and manage their housing. The Minister for Housing and Welfare, Margaret Burgess, has announced the changes that we will take forward. More information is available here.

Affordable Rented Housing Advisory Group

Affordable Rented Housing Advisory Group (ARHAG)

ARHAG was set up for Scottish Government officials and stakeholders to take forward proposals for legislative change on the way affordable rented housing in Scotland is allocated and managed. The papers of group are shared with a number of organisations and groups, including: Local authorities; Registered Social Landlords; Registered Tenant Organisations; Convention of Scottish Local Authorities; Equalities and Human Rights Commission; Citizens Advice Scotland and TC Young Solicitors.

Active members of the Advisory Group: Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers; Antisocial Behaviour Lawyers' Forum; Antisocial Behaviour Officers' Forum; Chartered Institute of Housing; Glasgow & West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations; Scottish Courts Service; Scottish Federation of Housing Associations; Scottish Housing Regulator; Shelter Scotland and Tenants Regional Network's Chairpersons.


  • Meeting 1 - 4 July 2012 - Papers
  • Meeting 2 - 25 September 2012 - Papers
  • Meeting 3 - 30 October 2012 - Papers
  • Meeting 4 - 6 December 2012 - Papers
  • Meeting 5 - 21 February 2013 - Papers
  • Meeting 6 - 19 June 2013 - Papers

Equality Impact Assessments (EQIAs)

We have completed EQIAs to help us understand the impact on different equality groups and, where necessary, make changes to our policy. Our EQIAs can be accessed below:

Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA)

We have completed a BRIA to help us think through and analyse the costs and benefits of the proposed legislation and to ensure any potential effects on business are taken into account.