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Scottish Audit probes affordable housing provision

Words: Roger Milne
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The Accounts Commission and the Auditor General have announced an audit of the provision of affordable housing in Scotland.

Set to report next year, this will assess progress against the Scottish Government’s affordable housing target to date, consider what impact it has had, and identify opportunities for improvement in delivering affordable housing in the longer term.

Six years ago a report by the two bodies found that the supply of housing was not meeting current need. It highlighted that councils have an important role but few direct powers, and that funding arrangements were complicated and hard to track.

That assessment also stressed that planning for housing was challenging and that housing did not always play the role it could in improving outcomes in health, economic growth and community empowerment.

The auditors will examine the key roles that councils play in ensuring a supply of affordable housing in their areas.

The fieldwork for the audit is planned to be carried out in the summer of 2019, with the final report expected to be published in spring 2020.

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