High point for Scots affordable housing programme

ALMOST 10,000 so-called ‘affordable’ homes have been completed this last financial year, 2021-22 – according to Scottish Government figures.

Says the Government, the exact number of 9,757 ‘affordable’ homes between 2021-22 was the highest figure in a single financial year since 2000-01.

It adds that the near 10,000 homes takes the total number of ‘affordable’ homes up to 50,000 since the start of the last Scottish Parliament, which was elected in May 2016.

It adds that the exact number of 9,757 ‘affordable’ homes between 2021-22 was the highest figure in a single financial year since 2000-01.

It says, here:”The 50,000 target was hit during March, despite the challenges and necessary lockdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years. Scotland is now progressing towards its target of delivering 110,000 affordable homes by 2032, with 70 per cent of these for social rent and ten per cent in our rural and island communities.”

It continues: “Across the four years between 2017/18 and 2020/21, Scotland has seen 62 per cent more affordable homes delivered per head of population than in England, and 71 per cent more compared to Wales (an annual average of 15.5 homes per 10,000 population, compared with 9.6 in England, and 9.1 in Wales).

“Over nine times as many social rented homes were delivered per head of population in Scotland compared to England (an annual average of 10.8 homes per 10,000 population in Scotland compared to just 1.1 in England).”

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