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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-01362: Colin Beattie (Midlothian North and Musselburgh)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 18 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making toward reaching its target of building 50,000 affordable homes before the end of the parliamentary session.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 25 October 2017

We have made excellent progress so far in reaching our ambitious target.

It is vital that we set the foundations of a strong affordable housing programme in the early years of the target to allow for the sufficient volume of building to take place. And we are doing just that.

Last year saw a level of activity in the affordable house-building sector not seen since the early 1980s, with over 10,000 affordable homes approved - an increase of nearly 30% on the year before.

The latest affordable housing supply statistics show we are maintaining that pace as affordable housing continues to be approved at a higher rate than the previous year providing us with an excellent pipeline of projects.

Given the scale and importance of the target, for the first time, we have also committed to long term resource planning assumptions amounting to over £1.75 billion over the three years to March 2021. This provides councils and housing associations across Scotland with the certainty needed to deliver our 50,000 affordable homes target.