House build­ing com­ple­tions drop

Rutherglen Reformer - - Clare Haughey - Marc McLean

The SNP govern­ment is fail­ing to de­liver on hous­ing for the peo­ple of South La­nark­shire, a Tory MSP has claimed.

Hous­ing Sta­tis­tics for Scot­land quar­terly up­date re­vealed that house build­ing com­ple­tions in the re­gion fell by four per­cent from 2016 to 2017.

Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive hous­ing spokesman Gra­ham Simp­son said:“The SNP’s com­pla­cency on hous­ing is stag­ger­ing.

“When we talk about hous­ing, we are talk­ing about the homes that pro­vide the se­cu­rity and op­por­tu­nity for a fam­ily to grow and flour­ish. This fall in house build­ing com­ple­tions across South La­nark­shire un­der­mines lo­cal peo­ple’s stan­dard of liv­ing and the fu­ture of our young peo­ple.

“The Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives have out­lined in­no­va­tive pro­pos­als to re­vi­talise the hous­ing sec­tor. Ruth David­son’s pro­pos­als in­cluded a com­mit­ment to build 100,000 new homes over the course of this par­lia­ment – with half of them af­ford­able hous­ing.

“The SNP must get back to work and de­liver.

“Only the Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives can stand up to the SNP, and de­liver for Scot­land”.

Hous­ing Min­is­ter Kevin Ste­wart said: “We have com­mit­ted in­vest­ment of over £115m to de­liver af­ford­able homes in South La­nark­shire as part of our over­all fund­ing com­mit­ment of over £3 bil­lion to de­liver at least 50,000 af­ford­able homes – a 76 per cent in­crease on our pre­vi­ous five-year in­vest­ment.

“As the strate­gic hous­ing au­thor­ity, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties are re­spon­si­ble for assess­ing hous­ing need and de­mand and set­ting out how that’s met, through their lo­cal hous­ing strat­egy and de­vel­op­ment plan.

“This in­cludes the scale and lo­ca­tion of hous­ing land and the size and type of hous­ing re­quired.

“The Scot­tish Govern­ment con­tin­ues to work closely with the coun­cil and its part­ners to de­liver hous­ing for the peo­ple of South La­nark­shire.”

Govern­ment fund­ing to coun­cils for af­ford­able hous­ing is to rise from £568m this year to £591m in 2019-20.

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