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CML Scotland policy initiative to target sustainable access

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Reflecting the growing pace of change in Scotland's housing market since the creation of the Scottis...

Reflecting the growing pace of change in Scotland’s housing market since the creation of the Scottish Parliament, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has launched a social policy programme ‘ Meeting the Challenges for Lending and Housing in Scotland.

CML Scotland has also appointed John Breslin as its new policy consultant. Breslin, a former finance director with Scottish Homes, will represent the interests of CML Scotland to Government, public and private sector bodies, the public and the media.

At 63%, the level of home-ownership in Scotland is rising, but lags behind the rest of the UK. One of CML Scotland’s key priorities is to improve sustainable access to the housing market for first-time buyers in Scotland. At the same time, the policy programme will highlight the achievements of mortgage lenders in Scotland.

Breslin said: ‘Mortgage lenders are crucial to the provision of good quality housing for the people of Scotland ‘ and that does not only mean homeowners. Lenders in Scotland provide finance across the spectrum of housing, including private and social sector landlords, and their experience can make a valuable contribution to a range of housing policy.’

Other key areas covered by the policy programme include promoting sustainable homeownership, home improvement, private rented housing, social rented housing and flooding.


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