Scottish housebuilding output outstrips rest of UK
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development
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Housebuilding across all sectors remains higher in Scotland than the rest of the UK, housing minister Margaret Burgess has announced.
Despite a decline in the completion of new homes, the rate per 100,000 of the population for total completions in Scotland is 259.8 for the year to the end of March 2013, compared to a ratio of 201.5 per 100,000 in England and 177.9 in Wales.
The number of new council homes started in the year to 30 June was 1189 – the second highest figure for this period since 1988 - bringing the total number to over 4,000 in the last four years.
Margaret Burgess said: “We are doing all we can to facilitate the industry’s recovery, boost supply and protect and create jobs through our National Housing Trust initiative and House-building Infrastructure Loan Fund. We are also helping households get onto, or move up the property ladder through our shared equity schemes and our support for the MI New Home scheme.
“We have committed to deliver 30,000 affordable homes during this parliament, at least 20,000 of those will be for social rent and we have put in place the funding - almost £950 million in the current 3 years - to make that happen.”