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Local Government and Communities Committee 04 September 2020 [Draft] : 04 September 2020 View PDF version
The Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning (Kevin Stewart)

Thank you, convener. I am not sure whether I will be able to tell you anything clearly today, because I have been out in the garden and my hay fever is playing up...

Local Government and Communities Committee 04 September 2020 [Draft] : 04 September 2020 View PDF version
Kevin Stewart

There are difficulties for home owners across the UK in obtaining EWS1 forms—it is not a Scotland-only problem—but I will come back to some of the differences tha...

Local Government and Communities Committee 04 September 2020 [Draft] : 04 September 2020 View PDF version
Kevin Stewart

I think that the problem is that there is no such clarity.

Local Government and Communities Committee 04 September 2020 [Draft] : 04 September 2020 View PDF version
Kevin Stewart

I really cannot answer that in any depth. One of the things that concern me most about the whole situation is that there is no universal process. I want the worki...

Local Government and Communities Committee 04 September 2020 [Draft] : 04 September 2020 View PDF version
Kevin Stewart

I did not quite catch what you said there, convener.

Local Government and Communities Committee 04 September 2020 [Draft] : 04 September 2020 View PDF version
Kevin Stewart

The lenders and the insurance companies have said that there are difficulties. We need to know from them what difficulties there are and where they think those di...

Local Government and Communities Committee 04 September 2020 [Draft] : 04 September 2020 View PDF version
Kevin Stewart

I think that we can do a job of work through the ministerial working group and by talking to lenders and insurers to try to get things right. However, in order to...

Local Government and Communities Committee 04 September 2020 [Draft] : 04 September 2020 View PDF version
Kevin Stewart

It is difficult to give timescales for all of that, but I would want to get resolution as soon as we possibly can. I have constituents, as have many other members...

Local Government and Communities Committee 04 September 2020 [Draft] : 04 September 2020 View PDF version
Kevin Stewart

We will continue to look at what has happened with the UK fund, with which I know there have been difficulties.

Local Government and Communities Committee 04 September 2020 [Draft] : 04 September 2020 View PDF version
Kevin Stewart

That is one of the areas that the working group will look at. Key in all of this is identifying the difficulties and the solutions. I am more than willing to look at almost anything. Some as...

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