Progress with social housing

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SNP MSP for the South of Scotland Aileen McLeod is today (Wednesday) welcoming statistics showing an increase in the number of homes for social rent built in Dumfries and Galloway. Compared with last year’s figures, the number of homes for social rent completed has increased from 80 to 364, an increase of 284.

In addition, statistics showing the Scottish Government is ahead of its five year target to deliver 30,000 affordable homes across Scotland by March 2016 have also been published.

90 per cent of the Scottish Government target on affordable homes has already been met, with 26,972 affordable homes been delivered under the Affordable Housing Supply Programme. This figure includes 18,670 homes for social rent - 93 per cent of the social rent target.

Aileen said: “I am delighted to see an increase in the number of homes built for social rent in Dumfries & Galloway. An increase of 284 new homes being built in the space of 12 months is a great achievement for the area, although there is always space to improve. Ensuring more people have the opportunity to live in high quality, affordable housing is such an important part of making life better for many people, particularly at a time of continued Tory cuts.

“In Scotland we have shown that investment in affordable housing can keep living costs down, create jobs and importantly help people to live better lives. As a result, we are on track to meet our target to deliver 30,000 affordable homes across Scotland by next March.

“Housing is at the heart of the SNP Government’s ambitions to create a fairer and more prosperous country and I am very pleased to see this progress being made for Dumfries & Galloway.”