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Statistics Show More Social And Council Housing In Development

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, has welcomed a significant rise in the number of council houses and new social rented sector homes in development compared to last year, as well as an overall increase in housing supply – as revealed by National Statistics for Scotland figures published today. 

 

While the Labour/Lib Dem Scottish executive built only six council homes during their time in office, council house building has been revived under the SNP, with right-to-buy scrapped. Central to the Scottish Government’s ambition to make Scotland “fairer and more prosperous” is the commitment to building at least 50,000 new affordable homes over this parliament. 

The latest analysis shows that new local authority housing starts and completions have risen (26% and 12% respectively) since last year, and more social housing is being built across Scotland. 

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Commenting, George said:

 

“It is really encouraging that housebuilding in Scotland is on the up – particularly when it comes to new social housing and council-built developments.  

 

“The number of social housing homes built between April and June this year was up 77% on the same period last year. And on top of this there was a 26% increase in new local council housing developments up to September 2016 compared to last year. 

 

“The SNP is committed to building 50,000 new affordable homes for many reasons, not least given the link between poor housing and poverty and the fact more homes will help improve people’s life chances, create jobs, and have a beneficial effect on health and wellbeing. This is in stark contrast to the Labour/Lib Dem coalition that was responsible for building only six new council houses throughout their time in office.  While we still have work to do, I am confident that these latest figures show that the SNP is committed to working with partners to continue to increase the affordable housing supply.”

 

NEW COUNCIL HOUSES IN RENFREWSHIRE

George outside Paisley AbbeyGeorge Adam has welcomed new figures showing that  37 new council houses have been built in Renfrewshire  since 2009 with Scottish Government funding, providing a “huge boost” to the local economy.

 

This compares with only 6 council homes being built in the whole of Scotland during the previous Labour/ LibDem Government’s term.

 

Analysis shows that the Scottish Government Council House Build Programme – introduced in April 2009 – has seen more than £135m invested to provide local authority housing for people across the country.

 

The funding incentivises local authorities to build new homes – the first such central government support to councils in a generation.

 

Commenting George said:

 

“It is fantastic that this SNP Scottish Government has provided funding for more than 37 new homes in Rernfrewshire and demonstrates the scale and ambition of this programme.

 

“The SNP Government is on track to deliver 30,000 affordable homes across Scotland by March 2016, with 1,324 council homes built in 2013/14 alone – the highest number since a new generation of council house construction was kick-started in 2009.

 

“In contrast, the previous Labour/LibDem administration built just six council homes during the four years of their last term in office.

 

“Despite considerable challenges to the money we get back from Westminster the SNP Scottish Government plans to spend over £1.7 billion to deliver our target of 30,000 affordable homes during the lifetime of this Parliament, supporting an estimated 8,000 jobs each year.

 

“However only a Yes vote and the full powers of independence will give us full control to tailor our housing supply investment and initiatives to meet the needs of our communities and the homebuilding industry in Scotland.

 

“It will also provide the full borrowing powers we need to invest prudently in infrastructure, and not have our capital budget dictated to us by Westminster.”