With a 29% increase on last year, new affordable home-building is at its highest level since the 1980s when Maggie Thatcher had yet to do her worst and Tony Blair was just a bad dream.
The Scottish Government is investing more than £1.75 billion over the next three years with funds provided to local authorities to enable delivery of the target of 50 000 by 2021.
The construction work should also add a further 14 000 new jobs each year.
The funding for the local authorities announced in advance to enable smooth planning is
2018-19 £532 million
2019-20 £591 million
2020-21 £630 million
This £1.75 billion takes the total for this parliament to £3 billion for affordable housing. This is, no surprise, twice the per capita level of the English Government’s building despite the latter’s faster growing population.