Extra £80m funding to help councils deliver affordable homes



The Scottish Government has made an additional £80 million available over the next two years to help councils deliver affordable homes.

In 2019-20 council areas will benefit from an extra £42m on previously announced funding for affordable housing. In 2020-21, councils will benefit from an additional £38m

Dargavel Village (Image credit: Renfrewshire Council)

The extra affordable housing investment available for each local authority area is decided by a needs based formula agreed in 2012 with local government body COSLA.

Housing minister Kevin Stewart said the investment will mean local authorities will share a total of £1.3 billion between now and 2021 to help achieve the government’s ambitious aim to deliver 50,000 affordable homes, with 35,000 available for social rent, by that date.

Since 2007 more than 82,000 affordable homes have been delivered, including 55,920 homes for social rent.

Mr Stewart said: “We believe that everyone should be able to live in a warm affordable home. Our investment and delivery of affordable housing is the biggest since devolution and I am determined to see it benefit communities across Scotland.

“This investment backs up our ambitions with financial certainty. We will continue to work in partnership with councils and housing associations to deliver quality homes to meet local needs.”

Cllr Kelly Parry, COSLA community wellbeing spokesperson, added: “I am pleased to acknowledge the additional resources that will come to councils in this financial year and in 2020/21 to support the growth of affordable housing for all in our communities.”

A breakdown of funding for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 by council areas 

Council 2019-20
£m
2020-21
£m
Total
Aberdeen City 19.473 20.658 40.131
Aberdeenshire 30.755 32.626 63.381
Angus 9.125 9.681 18.806
Argyll & Bute 18.407 19.527 37.934
Clackmannanshire 6.165 6.541 12.706
Dumfries & Galloway 21.930 23.264 45.194
Dundee City 18.173 19.279 37.452
East Ayrshire 12.692 13.464 26.156
East Dunbartonshire 7.904 8.385 16.289
East Lothian 10.822 11.480 22.302
East Renfrewshire 6.346 6.732 13.078
Edinburgh City 45.231 48.209 93.440
Eilean Siar 9.152 9.709 18.861
Falkirk 12.143 12.882 25.025
Fife 34.714 36.827 71.541
Glasgow City Council 104.044 110.896 214.94
Govanhill Early Action Programme 5.000 5.000 10.000
Highland 45.612 48.388 94.000
Inverclyde 10.773 11.428 22.201
Midlothian 9.247 9.809 19.056
Moray 9.080 9.633 18.713
North Ayrshire 16.112 17.093 33.205
North Lanarkshire 36.549 34.635 71.184
Orkney Islands 3.257 3.455 6.712
Perth & Kinross 17.423 18.483 35.906
Renfrewshire 16.823 17.846 34.669
Scottish Borders 15.998 16.972 32.970
Shetland Islands 5.213 5.531 10.744
South Ayrshire 12.761 13.538 26.299
South Lanarkshire 28.663 30.408 59.071
Stirling 9.677 10.266 19.943
West Dunbartonshire 10.490 11.128 21.618
West Lothian 13.848 14.690 28.538
Total 633.602 668.463 1302.065

Tags: COSLA



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