Housing Minister visits Mayfield

Melville Housing secretary Norma McNeill with tenant Peter Thomas and Margaret Burgess MSP

Melville Housing secretary Norma McNeill with tenant Peter Thomas and Margaret Burgess MSP

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During her recent visit to Mayfield, Margaret Burgess MSP saw for herself the many homes fitted with energy-efficient insulation, making them warmer and cheaper to run.

Meeting tenants living in Melville Housing Association properties, the Scottish Government Minister for Housing and Welfare welcomed news that social landlords are now required to make sure their properties meet high-quality energy-efficiency and health and safety standards.

Introduced in 2004, the Scottish Housing Quality Standard (SHQS) now becomes a requirement rather than a target, with social landlords such as Melville expected to ensure tenants’ homes are energy efficient, free from serious disrepair, have good condition kitchens and bathrooms and meet health and safety guidelines.

Mrs Burgess said: “Tackling inequality is a priority for this government and I welcome the gains that have been made in improving housing conditions.”

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