Buying-up-properties fund announced to add to ‘affordable’ housing stock

SOME £60m of government funding has been announced, for local authorities to spend on acquiring properties for people requiring ‘affordable housing’.

Says the Scottish Government, here, of the scheme: “The funding will support councils and registered social landlords to purchase properties, including empty homes and private sector homes.”

The scheme is aimed specifically at providing housing for people currently in temporary accommodation.

Adds the government: “Other measures to reduce temporary accommodation will include working with social landlords to increase allocations to homeless households and providing national guidance for local authorities to support good practice around changing temporary accommodation into permanent, affordable homes.”

The announcement follows recommendations from a dedicated, ‘temporary accommodation’ task force – here.

Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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