housingAmbitious targets outstrip previous administrations

The SNP have highlighted Scottish Government figures which show the party’s strong record in delivering new homes across Scotland.

The SNP Government announced earlier today that the number of new house builds started across the public and private sectors rose to 16,910 in 2015-16, the highest number since 2008-09. The number of affordable homes approved over the year to June 2016 was up 26% on the previous year, bringing the total number of approvals over 2015-16 to 8,067.

During a Scottish Parliamentary debate today, Housing Minister Kevin Stewart also announced a new Island Housing Fund of up to £5m over three years – to deliver up to 100 new affordable houses for island communities.

The SNP smashed through its own target of building 30,000 affordable homes over the last parliament by more than 10%, including 22,523 for social rent including council houses. The latest figures show early progress towards delivering a manifesto commitment of 50,000 affordable homes over the next five years.

These figures are in stark contrast to the previous Labour/Lib Dem administration, which built only 6 council houses during their term in office.

Commenting, SNP MSP Bob Doris, who convenes Holyrood’s Local Government and Communities Committee, said: “The SNP in government is working hard to ensure that Scotland has a housing stock able to meet the needs of our population.

“It is fantastic to see the number of new starts – particularly in the affordable sector – continue to rise, giving more and more people the chance to live in new, comfortable homes.

“The commitment to investing over £3 billion and working in partnership with local authorities and housing associations to deliver quality, energy efficient and affordable homes is a very welcome one.

“Additionally, the announcement of a new Island Housing Fund reiterates the SNP’s commitment to our island communities – with a plan to deliver up to 100 new affordable homes across Scotland’s islands a great boost to these areas. This action shows that the SNP won’t leave any part of Scotland behind in our ambitious housing plans.

“The continued growth in house building – following on from exceeding the target of 30,000 affordable homes in the last parliament – proves this Government’s commitment to providing people with somewhere to live. To continually meet and exceed these ambitious targets highlights our commitment to housing which will support jobs, boost the economy and tackle inequalities.

“The current foundations are strong – and I look forward to seeing the Government home in on their target of 50,000 affordable houses by the end of this parliament.”

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