Glasgow to spend £104 million on affordable home builds

GLASGOW City Council has pledged to allocate ‘almost £104 million’ to housing associations and private developers to build new affordable homes in 2022/23

It is targeting 919 completed new affordable homes, with work beginning on a further 665, and approval ‘expected’ for 691. It added that it is ‘expected’ that a ‘similar sum’ will be spent on medical adaptations over this period.

In 2021/22, work on 795 affordable homes began in the city, with approval given for a further 531. Just over £3 million was spent on medical adaptations for housing association homes.

The council said this was despite the environment around homebuilding currently being ‘very challenging’, with it adding that Brexit, the pandemic, and war in Ukraine impacting costs – ‘particularly in fuel and energy’ as well as in the labour market and supply chain.

Councillor Kenny McLean, convener for housing at Glasgow City Council, said, “The affordable housing supply programme is absolutely essential to the building of new affordable homes in Glasgow, benefiting thousands of people and families. The approval of the budget for this financial year means that more of these homes can be built, improving the quality of life for all of those living in them, and contributing to the regeneration of communities all across the city.”