Scottish councils to get £582m to build green homes
The Scottish Government has today pledged £582 million to councils to build affordable homes, with those producing greener homes receiving larger subsidies.
The money is to increase the supply of affordable homes over the next three years and comes from the government’s £710 million affordable housing supply pot.
Rural areas, which have higher developments costs, will also be helped with higher contributions to ensure that housing developments can be successfully delivered in remote parts of the country.
Housing minister Keith Brown said: ‘Housing is and will remain a priority for this government and we will continue to invest in new affordable homes. Despite the severe cuts to our budgets by the UK government, this is a substantial funding boost that will support house building across Scotland.’
He added: ‘We are also encouraging the construction of greener, more energy efficient homes. And we also recognise the particular challenge for housing in remote and rural areas and will provide greater government subsidy for housing developments in those areas.’
Chief executive of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations Mary Taylor said: ‘Building more affordable housing is an urgent priority and so we welcome this clarification of the new funding arrangements and the fact that the Scottish Government is continuing to provide investment.
‘The new funding regime is more streamlined, while allowing for more flexibility for rural areas and vitally, for more energy-efficient housing. We welcome the three-year programme, which will make planning easier.’
The administration in Scotland has promised to deliver 6,000 affordable homes each year, of which 4,000 will be for social rent.