Scotland surpasses 100,000 affordable homes mark since 2007

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MORE than 100,000 affordable homes have been delivered in Scotland since 2007, newly released statistics show.

The figures, published today (June 15), show that 102,055 affordable homes have been built since April 2007, with 70,866 being for social rent.

It means that Scotland has delivered 75% more affordable homes per head of population that both England and Wales in the four years to 2019-20, and over nine times more social rented homes per head than in England during the same period.

The Scottish Government’s housing secretary, Shona Robison, said, “This is a remarkable achievement. Today’s statistics tell the story of more than 100,000 households being given access to high-quality, affordable homes – whether they be for social rent or people owning a home for the first time. I would like to thank registered social landlords, local authorities, the construction sector and our other partners for helping us hit this significant milestone.

“Scotland has been leading the way across the UK with delivery of affordable housing, but we know there is more to do to ensure everyone has a warm, affordable home that meets their needs in a vibrant, safe community.

“Our utmost priority over the past year has been to keep Scotland safe from Coronavirus (Covid-19), and this has meant placing restrictions on construction or at times stopping it altogether. While this has affected our ability to meet our target of delivering 50,000 affordable homes over the last parliamentary period, we are continuing to work closely with partners across the housing sector to deliver the remaining homes as quickly as it is safe to do so.

“We will then deliver a further 100,000 homes by 2032, with at least 70% of these for social rent. This is just one of the actions set out in our Housing to 2040 strategy for building a fairer, more equal housing sector, alongside taking steps to tackle high rents in the private sector, setting a single set of standards for housing quality and accessibility, and continuing our work to end homelessness and rough sleeping once and for all.”