Extra £80m funding to help councils deliver affordable homes
The Scottish Government has made an additional £80 million available over the next two years to help councils deliver affordable homes.
In 2019-20 council areas will benefit from an extra £42m on previously announced funding for affordable housing. In 2020-21, councils will benefit from an additional £38m
The extra affordable housing investment available for each local authority area is decided by a needs based formula agreed in 2012 with local government body COSLA.
Housing minister Kevin Stewart said the investment will mean local authorities will share a total of £1.3 billion between now and 2021 to help achieve the government’s ambitious aim to deliver 50,000 affordable homes, with 35,000 available for social rent, by that date.
Since 2007 more than 82,000 affordable homes have been delivered, including 55,920 homes for social rent.
Mr Stewart said: “We believe that everyone should be able to live in a warm affordable home. Our investment and delivery of affordable housing is the biggest since devolution and I am determined to see it benefit communities across Scotland.
“This investment backs up our ambitions with financial certainty. We will continue to work in partnership with councils and housing associations to deliver quality homes to meet local needs.”
Cllr Kelly Parry, COSLA community wellbeing spokesperson, added: “I am pleased to acknowledge the additional resources that will come to councils in this financial year and in 2020/21 to support the growth of affordable housing for all in our communities.”
A breakdown of funding for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 by council areas
|Argyll & Bute||18.407||19.527||37.934|
|Dumfries & Galloway||21.930||23.264||45.194|
|Glasgow City Council||104.044||110.896||214.94|
|Govanhill Early Action Programme||5.000||5.000||10.000|
|Perth & Kinross||17.423||18.483||35.906|