Date lodged: 13 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what measures it is putting in place to bring housing back into use on rural estates to address shortages.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 21 September 2016
The Scottish Land Fund offers grants of up to £1 million to help communities take ownership of the land and buildings that matter to them, as well as practical support to develop their aspirations into viable projects.
The £25 million Rural Housing Fund and the £5 million Islands Housing Fund provide support to organisations who wish deliver long term affordable housing by bringing empty properties back into use, as well as other approaches.
The Scottish Government also funds the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership, delivered by Shelter Scotland, which provides practical support to councils and others through Empty Homes Officers and an advice service to bring private sector empty properties back into use.