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More homes for Scotland

Published: 25 Jan 2019 10:10
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Housing

Funding increase will help deliver affordable housing. 

The drive to increase the supply of affordable homes will be supported by £826 million through the 2019/20 Scottish Budget.

The funding will be made available through the Affordable Housing Supply Programme and is a £70 million increase on the current year.

Latest statistics show that, since 2007, more than 80,000 affordable homes have been delivered including 54,537 for social rent, 19,553 for affordable home ownership, and 6,014 for affordable rent.

Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said:

“At the heart of our ambition for a Fairer Scotland is that everyone has access to a safe, warm and affordable place to call home. This increased budget forms part of the single biggest investment in, and delivery of, affordable housing since devolution with over £3 billion committed which will deliver good quality, secure and affordable homes , which will in turn help create strong, sustainable communities. 

“We have set an ambitious target to deliver at least 50,000 affordable homes over the course of this Parliament, including 35,000 for social rent and are making good progress towards that. By ensuring councils and housing associations have financial certainty we are confident that this commitment can be fulfilled.”

Background

Official published statistics on the Affordable Housing Supply Programme show that 58,427 of the 80,000 affordable homes delivered since 2007 have been new build, with the balance being 16,508 off the shelf purchases and 5,169 rehabilitations.

Since 2014, Scotland has seen 50% more affordable housing units delivered per head of population than in England (an annual average of 137 homes per 100,000 population, compared with 86 in England).

In the same period, there have been more than five times as many social rented properties delivered in Scotland per head of population than in England (an annual average of 84 homes per 100,000 population in Scotland compared to just 13 in England).