Link Group celebrate 50th birthday

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 20:01 GMT on Friday, 14th September 2012.

THE LINK Group, who have housing complexes in Cumbernauld, are celebrating their 50th birthday this month.

The Link group of charitable registered social landlords, voluntary organisations and social enterprises celebrated its 50th birthday last night, with a reception at The Sheraton, Edinburgh.

Link Housing Association Ltd was created shortly after the 1962 Housing (Scotland) Act. The aim was “to carry on the industry, business and trade of providing housing for letting and any associated amenities in Scotland". The name "Link" was chosen because the houses built would help fill the gap between the private and the public sectors.

Among the 200 guests were staff (past and present), members, supporters, as well as others who have helped Linkgrow and evolve into one of the leading and most respected social enterprises in Scotland.

Margaret Burgess, the newly appointed Minister for Housing & Welfare said: “Over the last 50 years Link has consistently demonstrated an outstanding commitment to affordable housing.

It is a respected, nationwide housing association that has grown beyond its Edinburgh roots, to offer a range of housing services to communities in the Highlands, the central belt and the Borders.

Link are to be commended for 50 successful years that have been punctuated by a commitment to the welfare of tenants, social justice and social inclusion, which are also priorities for the Scottish Government.”

Link now provides housing, support and regeneration services to 10,000 families and individuals across Scotland’s Central belt. Link builds or improves 100 homes each year for rent or low cost home ownership and plans to invest around £98 million to complete nearly 750 new or improved homes within the next five years.