The Spanish Ministry of Development is currently drafting the State Housing Plan for the period 2018-2021. The Spanish Confederation of Housing Cooperatives (CONCOVI), a Housing Europe member and one of the bodies that has a say in shaping national housing policies, has outlined 12 proposals in response to the public consultation.
A delegation, consisting of the President and the Vice-President of CONCOVI met two weeks ago with the Housing Managers of the Ministry to follow up on the proposals and to make the case for a more sustainable housing sector.
You may read the list of proposals below:
- Clearly distinguish between subsidies and grants to avoid confusion.
- Allocate 100% of the public grants up-front following, of course, the necessary checks and guarantees.
- Substitute the tenders with a simpler system which helps both residents’ associations and cooperatives to invest in refurbishment and which generates trust.
- Review the deadlines for the different grant budget lines, including the State Housing Plan and other plans of the Ministry for Industry.
- Provide public grants to support the two existing programs (neighborhoods-35%- and buildings-50%-) to 50% of the cost.
- Link Personal Income Tax exemptions to grants.
- Reduce the VAT rates (10%, 4% and exemption) depending on the type of development, taking into consideration the building, the district etc.
- Reverse the load of the operations during construction period.
- Safeguard the technical quality of all renovation projects through a compulsory three-year guarantee.
- Clarify insurance policy for State bonds.
- Encourage Financial PPPs (Public-Private Partnerships).
- Provide public agencies with adequate economic, technical and human resources.