SNP Government builds affordable/social housing at almost twice the rate of Tories in England

All things being equal, the Tories (I know that’s a funny phrase already) should be building around ten times the number of affordable or social rent houses as that built in SNP Scotland, given the population ratio. They’re not. They’re building only around 5 times as many, creating major and accumulating shortfalls. Why are you not gasping with surprise?

This chart from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows the Tories achieving, on average, 47 641 builds between 2011 and 2017:

The SNP government, in the same period, build, on average, 6 804 (see full table at url below).

Readers may also notice the upturn in supply after the SNP replaced Labour (Scotland) in the driving seat.


2 thoughts on “SNP Government builds affordable/social housing at almost twice the rate of Tories in England

  1. Alasdair Macdonald August 26, 2018 / 10:50 am

    This, of course, is simply the Tory market rigging continuing – create shortages and force up the prices and the rents.

    In Scotland, we need to push ahead with land reform so that more comes into use and reduces the land cost factor in housebuilding. This should not only produce more housing but also mean that better quality housing can be built, with more opportunity for self-build.

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  2. Ludo Thierry August 27, 2018 / 4:55 pm

    Some good news carried in he Greenock Telegraph – but not seen elsewhere – regarding the SNP Scottish Govt financing a major fuel poverty initiative in Inverclyde (Well done Greenock Telegraph for explaining where the funding comes from for this most estimable project):

    A BIG campaign to combat fuel poverty in Inverclyde has taken a step forward.

    The Wise Group, one of Scotland’s biggest social enterprises, has teamed up with three local housing associations to deliver a new programme called Energy Activator.

    The project has been funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.

    Paul McVey, director of Cloch Housing Association, said: “This two-year project will help reduce the rate and risk of fuel poverty in our communities and improve awareness of energy use and energy efficiency measures across our associations and our estates.
    “This will be done using a variety of innovative and exciting methods in the community, including resource packs, video blogs and DIY workshops, all focused on adopting positive behavioural changes relating to energy and resource use.”

    Meanwhile The Wise Group will also continue to work with the council to meet the targets set out by the government’s Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland (HEEPS).

    It aims to keep residents living in deprived areas warmer and healthier.

    Over the last five years this initiative has helped 1,745 local residents by installing a range of insulation measures, saving households on average around £200 per year.

    The environmentally-friendly measures have also contributed to a saving of more than 50,000 tonnes of carbon, while also improving the appearance of local neighbourhoods.

    Keeping folks warm in their homes – with smaller fuel bills – and reducing carbon emissions: SNP GOVT = GOOD FOR SCOTLAND.


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