7 231 new affordable homes were built in Scotland in 2016/2017, 3% up on 2015/2016. As always, statistics for England are not yet out. However, we can still compare the 2015/2016 figures.
In 2015/2016, the Scottish Government built 7 021 new affordable homes. That’s 1 for every 755 people.
In the same year in England 32 110 new affordable homes were built in England. That’s one for every 1 650 people.
These figures give a ratio of 2.18 so the Scottish Government was building at more than twice the rate in 2015/2016 and has increased building by 3% for this last year.
However, the situation in England, especially in the South-East may be even worse than the above figures suggest. The UK Government definition of affordable is that affordable homes should cost no more than 80% of the average local market rent. The average rent in South-East England is currently £2344 per month. The average rent in Glasgow is £696 per month.
Housing charity Shelter says affordable housing should cost no more than 35% of your household income after tax and benefits.