Rural Housing Conference – Strengthening Communities

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Date(s) - 26/02/2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Birnam Arts and Conference Centre


Why not start the New Year with an engaging and popular event already pencilled into your diary? We are delighted to announce the programme for the 2016 Rural Housing Scotland Annual Conference. Please note that extra workshops have been added to the draft programme and the event is booking up quickly, so make sure you book your place!

We aim to provide delegates with a wide and interesting variety of workshops and speakers to cover all rural housing related issues, and we believe we do this successfully year on year, attracting delegates back to the conference along with very welcome new faces. Topics such a Rural Fuel Poverty, Community Resilience and Rural Empty Homes to name but a few, will be covered by our experienced pool of speakers. Fantastic news for interested parties is that the forthcoming Rural Housing Fund, which is due to stream next year, will be discussed by Margaret Burgess MSP, Minister for Housing & Welfare who will give the keynote speech. Ms Burgess will also talk about the Scottish Government’s proposals for affordable housing and the impact of the Land Reform Bill on rural housing opportunities and community empowerment.

Other issues that the conference will examine include; affordable housing need in rural Scotland, rural ‘Generation Rent’, and partnerships with landowners. Workshops will explore new approaches to rural fuel poverty, local lettings, finding funding, rural empty homes, as well as the new expanded Scottish Land Fund and the Land Reform Bill.

The conference also includes a drop in session to enable delegates interested in making an application to the new Rural Housing Fund to be able to get advice from Scottish Government officials on how to apply. This will be extremely beneficial to interested delegates.

Read the full programme

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