• Kenneth Gibson MSP

SNP Government Invests Additional £80 Million in Affordable Housing


Over the next two years, councils will benefit from an extra £80 million on top of previously announced funding for affordable housing.


This means that local authorities will share a total of £1,300 million from 2019-2021 to help achieve the SNP Government’s ambitious aim to deliver 50,000 affordable homes, including 35,000 available for social rent, from 2016-2021.


North Ayrshire Council will receive £16,112,000 for affordable housing in 2019-20 and £17,093,000 in 2020-21. This constitutes a total investment in North Ayrshire of £33,205,000 over the next two years.


The £80 million additional investment will be shared between local authorities using a needs-based formula agreed with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) in 2012.


Housing Minister Kevin Stewart MSP 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.

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“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.”

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Kenneth Gibson MSP added:


“In its twelve years in government, the SNP has already delivered more than 82,000 affordable homes across Scotland, including 55,920 for social rent. [if !supportLineBreakNewLine] [endif]

“We recall too that between 2003 and 2007 the Labour/Lib Dem Coalition built only six council houses in all of Scotland.

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“I am pleased that the SNP Government has provided additional resources to support the growth of affordable housing in North Ayrshire, and across Scotland to deliver on our ambitious housing targets.”


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