Council approves £67m funding for more affordable homes in Glasgow

Glasgow-aerial-view-stockGlasgow City Council has approved the next stage of its Affordable Housing Supply Programme (AHSP) with almost £67 million to be allocated towards the development of affordable housing in the city in the current financial year.

Agreed today by members of the council’s executive committee, the funding will support the building of 882 new affordable homes by housing associations and private developers in Glasgow during 2017/18, as well as a further 402 affordable homes being made available after improvement works. In addition, a target for site start on 1556 new affordable homes has been set for 2017/18.

As part of the programme, £2.5m will be made available for medical adaptations to these affordable homes being built or improved in the city.

Councillor Kenny McLean, city convenor for neighbourhoods, housing and public realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “I am delighted by the council’s decision. The delivery of more affordable housing in Glasgow means a better quality of life and more opportunities for individuals and families, and is key to tackling poverty and inequality. We are committed to supporting the building of thousands of new affordable homes for sale and social rent in the coming years. I look forward to our affordable housing supply programme playing its part in the regeneration of the city, transforming our communities and bringing jobs and investment.  New, high-quality, housing will lead to an improved environment for everyone in Glasgow.”

The local authority also approved a £5m programme for affordable warmth and energy efficiency in the city.

The council uses Scottish Government funding for these programmes to deliver energy efficiency measures to homes and buildings across Glasgow in both the public and private sectors.

These measures include external wall insulation - last year, more than 1,000 homes in the city, as well as community facilities and Linthaugh Nursery received this - and replacement central heating, windows and boilers, as well as the connection of Dalmarnock Nursery to Dalmarnock Energy Centre.

Councillor McLean added: “Improving energy efficiency and making the heating of homes and buildings more affordable brings environmental, financial and social benefits to Glasgow.  The council’s work on these programmes has a significant impact on fuel poverty and health inequality in the city, and makes properties in the city more sustainable as well as providing a boost to people and companies in Glasgow’s construction sector.”

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