Friday, 26 July 2013

Scottish Government funding for social housing

SNP MSP Margaret Burgess says North Ayrshire Council and registered social landlords, such as Ardrossan-based Cunninghame Housing Association, could be in line to benefit from a £44m increase in Scottish Government housing subsidies.

The MSP said, “Local authorities, like North Ayrshire Council, have been receiving up to £30,000 towards the cost of building every new house, with housing associations getting around £42,000.  This announcement by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will give councils and housing associations an extra £16,000 per home.”

The announcement came in the same week a report on ‘Affordability, Financial Capacity and Subsidy Rates’ recommended higher subsidy levels for new-build social housing.

Margaret Burgess said, “The report was produced by a working group, which included representatives from the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, and the Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers.

“Aware of the pressures being faced by councils and housing associations, the Scottish Government has given its support in full to the recommendations of the working group.”

Mrs Burgess, the Scottish Government Minister for Housing and Welfare, noted, “Housing is and will remain a priority and this funding announcement brings our total Scottish budget for affordable housing to £900-million over three years.

“Increasing the supply of affordable housing is a vital part of our efforts to build a better and fairer Scotland.  The five year target was to deliver at least 30,000 additional affordable homes across Scotland.  Two years on, good progress is being made towards reaching that goal, with 12,900 additional affordable homes already completed.”

The MSP for Cunninghame South, which includes Stevenston, said the SNP decision to end the ‘Right to Buy’ public sector houses “signals our commitment to retain and make the best use of existing housing stock.” 

Mrs Burgess added, “Housing is central to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.  The announcement of additional resources will strengthen our commitment to provide the people of Scotland with high-quality, sustainable and affordable homes that meet their needs.”

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