Scottish Government urged to provide clarity on housing spending plans

UNCERTAINTY surrounding the Scottish Government’s investment in housing post-2021 is preventing the build of affordable homes, according to the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA).

The Scottish Government has said it cannot produce spending plans until after the UK Budget is announced on 11 March, admitting that this will have ‘profound consequences’.

SFHA chief executive Sally Thomas said, “We accept these are exceptional circumstances, but there remains a significant, and increasing, demand for social housing, with around 160,000 households on waiting lists. Clarity is vital in order to prevent an escalation of this crisis, and we are seeking urgent talks with decision-makers to discuss.

“Good progress has been made with the current housing programme, but the lack of certainty on government investment from April of next year is already seeing housing associations suspend plans to build. Without support, some developments are not viable.

“There must be continuity to enable our members to build and maintain great homes, in great places, for the people of Scotland.”