Scottish Government increases supply of affordable housing and builds at more, perhaps much more, than twice the rate as in England

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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.

https://www.foxtons.co.uk/living-in/south-east-england/rentals/

http://www.scottishhousingnews.com/12278/average-private-rents-up-in-most-areas-across-scotland/

https://news.gov.scot/news/3-increase-in-housing-supply

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/569979/Affordable_Housing_Supply_2015-16.pdf

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4 thoughts on “Scottish Government increases supply of affordable housing and builds at more, perhaps much more, than twice the rate as in England

  1. Contrary September 12, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    I nearly choked looking at that figure for monthly rent in SE englandshire! You could buy a car for that. (But not an electric vehicle I imagine).

    Glasgow city council have started a project for trying to encourage people to self build, I’ve only just found out about it so don’t know much about it, but it doesn’t seem to be very well advertised – should it be? Is it a secret? Councils could be doing a bit more to be getting information out there. I’m finding that the state broadcaster isn’t very good at keeping me informed. 🙂

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    • johnrobertson834 September 13, 2017 / 8:09 am

      ‘I’m finding that the state broadcaster isn’t very good at keeping me informed.’ First time I’ve hear that

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  2. David Simpson September 13, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    See that baad SNP Government, they just cannae help themselves… 🙂

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