£78.7m aid to build af­ford­able houses

Fund­ing over three years

Rutherglen Reformer - - Homes Boost - Dou­glas Dickie

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil has been handed £78.7 mil­lion over the next three years to build af­ford­able hous­ing.

The cash, which is com­ing from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, is to help lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and house-builders plan their in­vest­ment and pro­vide cer­tainty on the amount of fund­ing avail­able un­til 2021.

In 2018/19, £23.592 mil­lion will be al­lo­cated in grant fund­ing to South La­nark­shire Coun­cil – ris­ing to £26.690 mil­lion in 2019/20 and £28.476 mil­lion in 2020/21.

Hous­ing min­is­ter Kevin Ste­wart said: “We are en­sur­ing that South La­nark­shire has homes that are high-qual­ity, ef­fi­cient and af­ford­able.

“To­day, we are an­nounc­ing to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties how much money they’ll have to in­vest in af­ford­able hous­ing un­til the end of this par­lia­ment. It means they can plan these new af­ford­able homes now with the cer­tainty that the fund­ing will in­crease year-on-year.

“This is also an im­por­tant sig­nal to the house-build­ing sec­tor in Scot­land and demon­strates our com­mit­ment to the in­dus­try and the es­ti­mated 14,000 jobs our af­ford­able hous­ing sup­ply pro­gramme sup­ports each year.”

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of hous­ing and tech­ni­cal re­sources, Daniel Lowe said: “The coun­cil wel­comes the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to an in­creased three year grant fund­ing al­lo­ca­tion of £78.7 mil­lion for af­ford­able hous­ing in­vest­ment in South La­nark­shire.

“The coun­cil has a com­mit­ment to de­liver 1,000 new coun­cil homes by March 2021.

“Work is cur­rently on­go­ing to­wards meeting this tar­get with 50 new homes cur­rently be­ing con­structed and a fur­ther 210 pro­grammed to com­mence dur­ing the course of 2017 and early 2018. The re­main­der of the pro­gramme will see new homes be­ing built across all hous­ing market areas in South La­nark­shire.

“As well as help­ing achieve this am­bi­tious coun­cil house new build tar­get, this in­creased fund­ing com­mit­ment will en­able de­vel­op­ing hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion part­ners ac­cel­er­ate pri­or­ity af­ford­able hous­ing projects across South La­nark­shire.”

Home com­forts These af­ford­able homes have al­ready been built in Fern­hill

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