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Cash boost for affordable housing in Scotland

Words: Laura Edgar
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The Scottish Government has announced a £35 million increase in council allocations for affordable housing, taking the total to £568 million.

The increase is set to continue, rising to £591 million in 2019-2020 and £630 million in 2020-21.

As a result, the overall funding allocated to councils for affordable housing totals £1.79 billion over three years.

Housing minister Kevin Stewart said: “Affordable housing is about more than just bricks and mortar – it provides safe, warm homes, helps create a fairer Scotland, and delivers great economic benefits.

“We will work in partnership with councils and housing associations to deliver quality homes to meet local needs. This investment backs up our ambitions with financial certainty, meaning councils can plan homes now, with a guarantee of increased funding each year.”

Elena Whitham, community well-being spokesperson for the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), said: “Good housing contributes to many outcomes local government is seeking to improve – ultimately creating a fairer and more equal society. The increase in funding for the affordable supply programme is welcomed. Also welcomed is the financial certainty up to 2020-21, which makes planning activity much easier. This is a good example of longer-term financial planning.”

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