Scotland ‘streets ahead’ of England on affordable housing delivery



Scotland has delivered a third more affordable homes per capita over the last decade than England, according to figures from the Scottish Government.

In answer to a parliamentary question from Edinburgh North and Leith MSP Ben Macpherson, housing minister Kevin Stewart revealed that over the 2007-08 to 2016-17 financial years, the government’s supply of affordable housing per capita has been 33% higher than the UK government’s supply in England.

According to the figures, 70,861 affordable homes have been delivered in Scotland in the ten years since April 2007.

Number of Affordable housing units delivered in Scotland and England, financial years from 2007-08

Scotland England Percentage difference between Scotland and England per capita  rates
Units delivered Per capita Units delivered Per capita
2007-08       5,670 110 53,180 104 6%
2008-09       6,221 120 55,720 108 11%
2009-10       8,092 155 58,290 112 38%
2010-11       7,231 137 61,090 116 18%
2011-12       6,882 130 58,330 110 18%
2012-13       6,009 113 43,120 81 40%
2013-14       7,012 132 43,030 80 65%
2014-15       7,069 132 66,700 123 8%
2015-16       6,518 121 32,630 60 104%
2016-17       7,336 136 41,530 75 81%
Total over 2007-08 to 2016-17   68,040 1,285 513,620 967 33%

Sources: Scottish Government Affordable Housing Supply Programme management information system and Ministry for Housing & Local Government live tables.

Ben Macpherson MSP said: “These figures demonstrate Scotland’s strong position when it comes to building new homes – outperforming England with a third more affordable homes over the last decade.

“This demonstrates the stark difference between the SNP and the Tories, who have let housebuilding drop to its lowest level in England since 1923, whilst cutting winter fuel payments for the elderly and lumping the ‘bedroom tax’ on the vulnerable.

“Since coming to office, the SNP has built more than 70,000 affordable homes and will continue to increase affordable housing with our ambitious target to deliver 50,000 homes during the lifetime of this Parliament, backed by £3 billion of investment.

“Making sure everyone has a safe, warm and affordable home is central to the SNP government’s drive for a fairer and more prosperous Scotland.”