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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-00436
Asked by: Oliver Mundell, Dumfriesshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Date lodged: 3 June 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason COVID-19 reimbursement claims from Cunninghame Housing Association to local firms in Dumfries and Galloway have not yet been paid.

Current status: Answered by Shona Robison on 8 June 2021


Answer

The Scottish Government published guidance outlining the action that local authorities and Registered Social Landlords should be taking to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on delivering grant funded affordable housing projects which were contractually awarded prior to the first lockdown in 2020. While the guidance notes that the firm aim of local authority/ Registered Social Landlord engagement with their contractors should be to reach agreement which negates the need for additional funding support, it also sets out the circumstances under which applications for additional grant funding will be considered if a contract cannot be made to work and no other negotiated solution is achievable. We received an application from Cunninghame Housing Association for a project in Dumfries and Galloway in March 2021, this was reviewed in line with our published guidance. Unfortunately there was insufficient evidence supplied to support the application. Further information was received in May but is still insufficient to allow us to complete our appraisal. When all the required information has been received, we will be able to fully assess the application.