House building completions drop
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.