Num­ber of af­ford­able homes has risen in Scot­land

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THE num­ber of af­ford­able homes ap­proved rose last year, ac­cord­ing to new fig­ures.

Of­fi­cial sta­tis­tics show there were 11,677 af­ford­able homes ap­proved in 2017/18, up 14% on the pre­vi­ous year, and the third con­sec­u­tive an­nual in­crease.

How­ever there was a slight de­crease i n ap­provals for so­cial rented homes, down by 2% or 124.

Af­ford­able hous­ing com­ple­tions to­talled 8534, up 16%, in­clud­ing a 15% rise in so­cial rent com­ple­tions.

The Scot­tish Govern­ment has a tar­get to de­liver 50,000 af­ford­able homes, in­clud­ing 35,000 homes for so­cial rent, by 2020/21.

Graeme Brown, di­rec­tor of Shel­ter Scot­land, wel­comed the rise in af­ford­able house build­ing ap­provals and com­ple­tions but said homes for so­cial rent must be boosted.

He said: “These fig­ures show good progress to­wards the Scot­tish Govern­ment’s 50,000 new af­ford­able homes tar­get dur­ing the life­time of this par­lia­ment, but the slight de­cline in ap­provals in homes for so­cial rent shows that there is no room for com­pla­cency.

“Homes for so­cial rent are key to tack­ling Scot­land’s hous­ing cri­sis. Last year there were 137,100 house­holds on coun­cil wait­ing lists.

“We urge the Scot­tish Govern­ment, hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tions and coun­cils to do all they can to en­sure enough so­cial homes of the right type, in the right places, are built to meet the high de­mand.”

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