Big increase in affordable housing supply down to Scottish Government investment

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There were 7 336 affordable homes completions, with Scottish Government funding, to end March 2017, 13% up on the previous year. There were 9 308 or an increase of 21% affordable houses started, with as you can see some still to be completed.

More than £1.75 billion is being allocated over the next three years to councils to enable the building of a further 50 000 affordable homes by 2021. This will be the highest level of such activity since the 1980s.

This will also continue to be twice the level of such building per capita of that in England

SNP government spending on affordable housing to be more than twice, per head of population, than that of Tory government

I guess it may be more than twice once Theresa gets going with her cuts to fund Brexit.


8 thoughts on “Big increase in affordable housing supply down to Scottish Government investment

  1. Donald McGregor June 14, 2017 / 5:50 am

    How does Scottish Government funding directly translate to affordable homes? Is this direct support to housing associations?
    Most private housing schemes will have affordable homes elements within them as a result of planning requirements – so maybe there are more than these numbers actually being built?


    • johnrobertson834 June 14, 2017 / 8:18 am

      It’s direct to local authorities. You may well be right about there being more from planning requirements to private developers. Not sure how these are counted.


  2. Contrary June 15, 2017 / 7:24 am

    They were were reporting, yesterday, that there are issues with private developers getting planning permission on radio Scotland yesterday, but that is hardly a reliable source of information so we should take it with a pinch of salt. This morning they were interviewing the new MP for Ochill (etc), asking what policies he had, he said no second independence referendum,,, and fluffed about & couldn’t answer anything on Brexit, or anything else. Gosh, that’s quality representation that is. Is anyone in Scotland really that interested in Westminster when there can be very little influence in that quarter?? Is that why people vote for MPs with no policies or opinions?

    Did you see this as well, John?

    I have been feeling a bit negative about the state of the world this year, so I am planning on taking my own advice and stick to commenting positively,,, still practicing!

    I had thoughts (takes a while) on reasons Scots create a better environment for people of other cultures and societies: aside from the Scottish governmenment promoting diversity and inclusion as GOOD. My usual wibbly train of thought was considering the number of Yessers calling for all Yes groups to come together and create a cohesive campaign group; good idea, maybe, but really, is that likely to happen? Culturally scots are unlikely to fall into a whole-country cohesive unit, we just don’t really DO big agreeable groups, historically. I think lots of diverse groups are good, bickering or not, but that may be my upbringing. So the actual thought was; we have to be so accepting of diversity and inclusion amongst ourselves, it is not a great leap to include any new people joining us! Obviously, I have no evidence for this 🙂 but if newspapers and Radio Scotland are allowed to spout unsubstantiated nonsense publicly, I should be allowed to too.


  3. johnrobertson834 June 15, 2017 / 8:13 am

    Thanks Contrary, very interesting points as always. Thanks for the link. Might use it. As for spouting, you’re allowed. Best, John


    • Contrary June 16, 2017 / 7:14 am

      Excellent, your appreciation for uncoordinated thought expulsion is much appreciated, John! I see the article from forestry too, so much more readable and interesting than the forestry’s one 🙂


  4. broadbield June 17, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    I read a worrying item in the Personal Finance section of the FT today, though I don’t know if it applies in Scotland. Apparently the financial “masters of the universe” see profits to be had from investing in social housing which they then lease back to LA’s, HA’s etc and expect high returns. So that’s what social housing is for.


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