Margaret Burgess MSP has revealed that house-building across all sectors remains higher in Scotland than in the rest of the UK.
Mrs Burgess unveiled the new housing figures in her capacity as the SNP Scottish Government’s Minister for Housing & Welfare. For the year to March 2013, the number of new-build completions in Scotland per 100,000 of population was 259.8, compared with 201.5 in England and 177.9 in Wales. The number of new local authority homes started in the year to June 30 was 1,189 – the second highest figure for this period since 1988 - which brought the number of new local authority homes started to more than 4,000 in the last four-years under the SNP Government.
Margaret Burgess said, “We are still experiencing challenging economic conditions, which are continuing to have an impact on house-building activity. This is due to world economic conditions exacerbated by Westminster’s drastic cuts to our capital budget. Despite this, the Scottish Government remains committed to stimulating growth and delivering more affordable homes for people across Scotland.”
Mrs Burgess, MSP for the local constituency of Cunninghame South, added, “We are doing all we can to facilitate the industry’s recovery, boost supply and protect and create jobs through our National Housing Trust initiative and House-building Infrastructure Loan Fund. We are also helping households get onto, or move up the property ladder through our shared equity schemes and our support for the New Home scheme.”
The Housing Minister confirmed she is committed to deliver 30,000 affordable homes during the lifetime of the current Scottish Parliament, noting that “at least 20,000 of those will be for social rent and we have put in place the funding - almost £950-million in the current three-year period - to make that happen.”