Affordable Housing Supply Programme

The Affordable Housing Supply Programme (AHSP) comprises a range of funding mechanisms to enable affordable housing providers to deliver homes for social rent, mid-market rent, and low cost home ownership in communities across Scotland to support local authorities’ Local Housing Strategies.

The impact of the lockdown in March 2020 meant that there was a necessary pause in the delivery of affordable and social homes at a critical time in our in our previous target period.  Although we did not meet the 50,000 affordable homes commitment by the end of the last parliament, we are continuing to work closely with partners to deliver the remaining homes as soon as possible. 

Affordable Housing Supply Programme (AHSP) Budget 2021-2022

We will invest £3.5 billion in housing in this Parliamentary term (2021-2022 to 2025-2026), and £3.44 billion of that will deliver more social and affordable homes, continuing to ensure the right homes in the right places. A total of  £831.615 million will be available this year as follows:

AHSP Budget  2021-2022

£m

More Homes Grant

675.370

TMDF Grant*

92.245

Total Capital Grant

767.615

Financial Transactions

64.000

Total

£831.615

*Transfer of Management of Development Funding, applicable to the City of Edinburgh and Glasgow City Councils.

Resource Planning Assumptions (RPAs) for 2021-2022 to 2025-2026

Council areas across Scotland are to share more than £3.2 billion in grant funding over five years to deliver more affordable homes.

The Scottish Government has allocated Resource Planning Assumptions for the full five-year period of this current parliament to  provide the certainty and assurance that the housing sector needs to deliver the ambitious affordable homes target set out in Housing to 2040.

Guidance for councils and registered social landlords

Our current and archived guidance gathers publications by calendar year.

Affordable Housing Investment Benchmarks Working Group

A review of Affordable Housing Investment Benchmarks was undertaken between March and June 2021. The review was carried out by a cross-sector working group of officials and was jointly chaired by the Scottish Government and COSLA. The final report on the work of the group has now been published and the outcome of the review is expected to be announced over the coming weeks.

Affordable Housing Supply Programme Out-turn Reports

Housing statistics

Official figures on the AHSP and other housing statistics  and quarterly update summary tables  from Housing Statistics for Scotland. 

Housing Tender Return and Scottish Social Housing Tender Price Index

The Scottish Social Housing Tender Price Index measures the movement in construction costs of social housing in Scotland.  The index is based on analysing the construction costs in accepted tenders for affordable housing.  Grant recipients provide tender information through the Housing Tender Return.  

The Scottish Social Housing Tender Price Index Quarterly Briefing and Housing Tender Return are updated quarterly and are available within our Affordable Housing Supply Programme process and procedures guidance page.

Offsite construction and the Affordable Housing Supply Programme

This offsite construction advice, which will be of interest to councils, registered social landlords, designers, housebuilders and others involved in the delivery of new affordable homes in Scotland, outlines the direction of travel on issues such as zero emissions, offsite construction, supply chains, delivery and procurement ahead of the publication of a strategy to build more net zero homes through greater use of offsite construction later in 2021.

Achieving excellence in housing development

This programme of work aims to support the affordable housing sector to continue to embrace a culture of ongoing improvement in its work to increase the supply of affordable homes. The programme is made up of four main projects and is designed specifically to help the sector to:

  • continue to demonstrate value for money through its significant investment in affordable homes, and
  • address the challenges facing housing construction in terms of cost, speed of delivery and meeting higher standards of sustainability.