Newly published figures show that more than 50,000 affordable homes have been built since the start of the last Scottish Parliament, boosting efforts to reduce inequality by providing more warm, safe, high-quality places to live.
In financial year 2021-2022, across Scotland 9,757 affordable homes were built – the highest figure in a single financial year since 2000/01.
The 50,000 homes target was reached in March, despite the challenges and necessary lockdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years. Scotland is now progressing towards its target of delivering 110,000 affordable homes by 2032, with 70% of these for social rent and 10% in our rural and island communities.
Across the four years between 2017/18 and 2020/21, Scotland has seen 62% more affordable homes built per head of population than in England under the Tories, and 71% more compared to Wales under Labour. An annual average of 15.5 homes per 10,000 population, compared with 9.6 in England, and 9.1 in Wales.
“Everyone across Scotland deserves to live in a warm, safe, high-quality home.
“I delighted that despite the pandemic, the SNP Government has reached its 50,000 homes target, building 111,750 affordable homes since 2007, with over 78,000 of these for social rent.
“I am pleased that in my own constituency more developments are due to be completed in the coming years, including at St Colm’s Place, Largs; the old Garnock Academy site, Kilbirnie and Primrose Place, Saltcoats.”