Fall in fin­ished houses

MSP slams stats


A Cen­tral Scot­land MSP has claimed that a fall in house build­ing com­ple­tions across North La­nark­shire “un­der­mines lo­cal peo­ple’s stan­dard of liv­ing”.

Gra­ham Simp­son was re­spond­ing to fig­ures re­vealed in Hous­ing Sta­tis­tics for Scot­land’s quar­terly up­date that show com­pleted homes in the re­gion de­creased by 27 per cent from 2016 to last year.

Mr Simp­son, the Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives’ hous­ing spokesman, hit out at the SNP Govern­ment, say­ing: “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 fam­i­lies to not only grow but flour­ish.

“This dra­matic fall in house build­ing com­ple­tions across North La­nark­shire un­der­mines lo­cal peo­ple’s stan­dard of liv­ing and the fu­ture of our young peo­ple.”

Mr Simp­son also claimed his party would pro­vide North La­nark­shire with more com­pleted homes.

He added: “The Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives have out­lined in­no­va­tive pro­pos­als to re­vi­talise the hous­ing sec­tor.

“Ruth David­son’s [Scot­tish Tory leader] 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 – and a lot more than they cur­rently have.

“Only the Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives can stand up to the SNP, and de­liver for the peo­ple of North La­nark­shire – and Scot­land.”

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