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On the 20th of August the SMGHH issued a report to the government about the GHA. The conclusions drawn are stark.

The organisation is yet to receive any reply.

[Scottish Monitoring Group on Housing and Homelessness Report into the GHA]

“Scottish Monitoring Group on Housing and Homelessness
c/o Pollokshaws Burgh Hall, 2025 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G43 1NE
http://www.monitoringscottishhousing.org.uk
Email: info@monitoringscottishhousing.org.uk

Nicola Sturgeon MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing
The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP
Nicola.Sturgeon.msp@scottish.parliament.uk

August 2007

Dear Deputy First Minister,

The Scottish Monitoring Group on Housing and Homelessness has been in existence for four years and includes housing activists, lawyers and academics.

We write to you to request a meeting to discuss our urgent concerns regarding Glasgow Housing Association.

We have attached a supporting document, but for the purposes of brevity we wish to discuss:

  • The appointment of a temporary team of housing professionals to the board of Glasgow Housing Association;
  • Requiring Audit Scotland investigate the financial competency, efficiency, and procedures of Glasgow Housing Association;
  • Democratising the board of Glasgow Housing Association;
  • Empowering GHA’s Local Housing Organisations – both for its own sake and as a means of expediting second stage transfer;
  • Adding Glasgow Housing Association to schedule 1, Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
  • Reviewing the demolition, reprovisioning, and refurbishment program of Glasgow Housing Association.

Should you grant us a meeting our deputation would include:

1) Sam Harper OBE
Former Chairperson Glasgow Housing Association 2000-2004, Chairperson LHO and GHA tenant

2) Jim Harrison
Committee Member LHO and GHA tenant

3) Keith Baldassara
Committee Member LHO and GHA tenant

4) Mike Dailly
Principal Solicitor, Govan Law Centre

5) Jimmy Black
Former Communications Manager, Glasgow Housing Association, Scottish Federation Housing Associations, Shelter Scotland, Councillor in Dundee City Council

Yours sincerely,
Andrew Fraser,
Chair Scottish Monitoring Group Housing & Homelessness”

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