As you can see from the above diagram in Scottish housing News, yesterday, more than a million people in Scotland are able to live in Social Housing. Around 23% of Scots have access to such housing compared to only 17 and 16% in England and Wales respectively. Also, the actual cost of social housing, in Scotland is up to 21% lower than in the rest of the UK. The Scottish housing minister said
‘Social housing in Scotland continues to be more affordable than England or Wales, which is vital at a time when UK government welfare cuts are having a devastating impact on people across the country. We are increasing funding for discretionary housing payments – which significantly benefit those living in the social housing sector – by 5%, to over £60 million in 2018/19. That will enable us to continue mitigating the bedroom tax and provide a lifeline for those who need extra help. Since 2007 we have delivered nearly 71,000 affordable homes, with almost 70% of those being for social rent. Over this Parliament we have a commitment to deliver 50,000 affordable homes, including 35,000 for social rent. We have put in place a number of measures to deliver that, in addition to ending the right to buy, keeping existing social housing stock in the sector and protecting it for future generations.’
Regular readers will know that Scotland is also building ‘affordable housing’ (the same as ‘social housing’?) at a faster rate than elsewhere in the UK and that the Scottish Government is showing a determination to keep it going. See:
Scottish Government increases supply of affordable housing and builds at more, perhaps much more, than twice the rate as in England
SNP Government overturn Tory/Independent-run Moray Council on affordable homes denial
£756 million of support for building affordable homes in SNP budget
I’ve lost track now of the many stories suggesting a different set of values is dominant in Scottish politics and society, not just in the SNP, which suggest Scotland is different enough to justify independence.
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