Scotland ‘streets ahead’ of England on affordable housing delivery
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|
|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.”