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Increase in new homes in Scotland

Words: Laura Edgar

The number of new homes built in Scotland has risen in the last year by 9 per cent, the Scottish Government announced today.

Latest housing statistics (PDF) show that between April 2014 and March 2015, 16,281 homes were built, a rise of 9 per cent over the same period in 2013-2014.

The supply of housing, which includes new builds, refurbishments and conversions, increased by 6 per cent to 17,149 between 2014 and 2105, compared with the previous year.

Additionally, the Scottish Government said it is on track to exceed its five-year target to deliver 30,000 affordable homes by March 2016, as part of the Affordable Housing Supply Programme.

To the end of June 2015, figures show that 28,048 affordable homes have now been delivered, 19,205 of which are for social rent.

Scottish housing minister Margaret Burgess said: “This is a significant achievement. In spite of around a quarter in real terms cuts to our capital budget and an uphill battle to beat the recession, this government has built more social and affordable houses in the last seven years than were delivered in the seven years prior to that.”

She said that by targeting resources at making private sector homes more affordable through schemes like Help to Buy (Scotland), the number of private sector completions has “risen significantly”.

“We have boosted housing supply budgets by investing £1.7 billion in affordable housing over the lifetime of this Parliament. Our house building rates - per head - continue to outperform other parts of the UK,” she added.