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Scottish government celebrates 4,000 new council homes 'milestone'

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Development, Finance, Housing

Scottish government celebrates 4,000 new council homes 'milestone' Scottish government celebrates 4,000 new council homes 'milestone'

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has welcomed the news that over 4,000 council homes been built across the country with government funding since April 2009.

The MSP said that the Scottish Government Council House Build Programme had provided a “huge boost” to the economy, and had invested £135 million in local authority residential property.

The funding incentivises local authorities to build new homes – the first such central government support to councils in a generation.

Speaking during a visit to a scheme to provide 18 new homes in Arbroath, backed by £652,000 of Scottish government funding, Salmond said: “Our funding for council housebuilding has now provided more than 4,000 new homes across Scotland and demonstrates the scale and ambition of this programme – the first in Scotland in a generation.

"In Scotland we have consistently adopted the approach that maintaining this kind of vital capital spending is vital to support growth and employment – in direct contrast to the austerity and cuts of Westminster.

“Despite these considerable challenges to our budget, we plan to spend over £1.7 billion to deliver our target of 30,000 affordable homes during the lifetime of this parliament, supporting an estimated 8,000 jobs each year."

Commenting on the government’s 4000-home achievement, Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, said: “We welcome this announcement by the Scottish government meeting its 4,000 new social homes target which is a step in the right direction and shows what can be achieved, working with local authorities and housing associations.

“However, to bring hope to the 155,100 people currently languishing on local authority housing waiting lists, the Scottish government needs to increase its scale of ambition and commit to building at least 10,000 new socially rented homes a year to meet the backlog and increased demand.”

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