Funding announced to provide ‘affordable’ housing for ‘key’ workers in rural areas

UP to £25m is being made available to provide ‘affordable’ homes for ‘key’ workers in rural parts of Scotland.

The fund – being made available by the Scottish Government – seeks to enable local authorities and registered social landlords to acquire properties that are currently under-used or empty.

Says the government, here: “From the Affordable Housing Supply Programme, £25 million will be made available from 2023-28 to help to make best use of underused or empty properties by making them available for key workers and others in need.”

The government announcement further adds: “£3.5 billion funding is being made available in this Parliamentary term towards the delivery of affordable homes in communities across Scotland, including the continued commitment of support of up to £30 million towards a Rural and Island Housing Fund for communities and organisations not able to access traditional affordable housing funding.

“Tackling empty homes is a priority for the Scottish Government and this pilot will build upon the work of the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership which has helped bring more than 8,000 homes into use as warm, safe and secure housing.”

Pictured: Scottish Government building, Leith, Edinburgh, Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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