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Scottish Government 'well on the way' to delivering on affordable homes commitment

The SNP has today welcomed new figures showing an increase in the number of new homes completed in Scotland, as the Scottish Government is on track to exceed its commitment to exceed its five-year target to deliver 30,000 affordable homes by March 2016 – in stark contrast to the record of the last Labour administration in Scotland.

Ahead of a Scottish Parliament debate on housing today, the SNP has highlighted new Scottish Government figures showing that 16,281 new homes were completed across the private and social sector in 2014/15 – an increase of nine per cent on the previous year.

Commenting, SNP MSP Bob Doris said: “These are very welcome figures showing that the commitment of the SNP in government to delivering affordable housing is continuing to pay off.

“In spite of serious cuts to Scotland’s capital budget from Westminster, the SNP in government has delivered more social and affordable houses in the last seven years than were delivered in the seven years prior to that – and we are now well on our way to exceeding our five year target of delivering 30,000 new homes by 2016.

“What a contrast to the record of the last Labour-Lib Dem administration in Scotland  - who famously built only six new council homes in their last four years in office.

“Making sure everyone in Scotland has access to quality, affordable housing is at the heart of the SNP’s plans to make Scotland a fairer, more prosperous country – and these new figures make clear that we are well on the road to delivering on this aim for people across Scotland.

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Further details can be found here: http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/New-homes-on-the-rise-1cbe.aspx