Date lodged: 9 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to increase the (a) housing supply and (b) number of homes available for purchase in the Lothian parliamentary region.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 15 March 2018
The Scottish Government is working towards our target to increase housing supply by delivering at least 50,000 affordable homes within this parliament, backed by investment of at least £3 billion. Through this programme, we are determined to increase and accelerate housing supply across all tenures and support the industry and local authorities to deliver their housing priorities with quality homes in mixed communities that fit local needs.
We have a substantial package of support for home ownership and have a good track record in helping people to buy a home. In the Edinburgh and Lothians area, we predominantly support purchasers through the Help to Buy scheme and the Low Cost Initiative for First Time Buyers (LIFT) schemes which have supported over 4,800 purchasers since 2013. In addition, we support mixed tenure schemes through the Affordable Housing Supply Programme (AHSP).