CML appoints Scottish policy consultant

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has announced the appointment of John Breslin as its policy consultant in Scotland.

The lender body has also launched the CML Scotland policy programme – Meeting the challenges for lending and housing in Scotland.

Breslin has worked both in local government and as finance director with Scottish Homes before being seconded to the Scottish Executive for four years. His appointment reflects the growing pace of change in housing in Scotland since the creation of the Scottish Parliament.

The CML Scotland policy programme covers a range of issues affecting CML Scotland and its members including promoting sustainable home-ownership; home improvement and repair; private renting; social rented housing and flooding.

Breslin says: “I am delighted to be joining CML Scotland at a busy time for housing in Scotland. Mortgage lenders are crucial to the provision of good quality housing for the people of Scotland. Lenders provide finance across the whole spectrum of housing, including private and social sector landlords, and their experience can make a valuable contribution to a wide range of housing policy.”

CML chairman Graham Waddell adds: “At 63%, the level of home-ownership in Scotland is rising but lags behind the rest of the UK. One of our key priorities is to improve sustainable access to the housing market for first-time buyers.”