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Question ref. S5W-36012

Date lodged: 11 March 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made with the Ministerial Working Group on Mortgage Lending and Cladding on solutions for affected homeowners.

Current status: Answered by Kevin Stewart on 19 March 2021


Answer

The Ministerial Working Group on Mortgage Lending and Cladding has concluded its work and recommendations have been published today on the Scottish Government website. I am grateful to the members spanning public, professional, commercial and personal interests for dedicating their time, during what has been an unprecedented year of challenge for everyone in dealing with COVID-19, to develop solutions.

I have announced today that I will accept the recommendations and have laid out our approach to tackling this complex issue which has caused anxiety for affected homeowners. We will take forward a Single Building Assessment approach to support homeowners as the first step to the Government's route to remediation. I have committed to invest all the funding received in consequentials from the UK Government so far. Future consequentials, which are yet to be clarified, will also be used to support this work.

I have written to the Convener of the Local Government and Communities Committee to confirm the detailed steps that will be taken by the Scottish Government in response.