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We're on track to deliver 30,000 affordable homes, government boasts

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

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The Scottish government says it is on track to deliver its target of 30,000 new 'affordable' homes by 2016, after seeing 18,000 built since 2011.

Government housing statistics released today show that homes completed through the affordable housing supply programme in the year to December 2013 are up 12.6% on the previous 12 months, at 7,189.

In July to September 2013, private sector new build completions and starts were both up by 13%, compared with the same quarter of 2012. However, because of earlier decreases, the year-to-date figures still showed slight reductions with completions down by 0.5% and starts by 5.3%.

The number of right to buy applications increased from 701 in quarter 2 of 2013 to 972 in quarter 3. There was also an increase in right to buy sales, from 229 to 330.

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said: "Today’s statistics show we are well on track to reach our commitment of 30,000 affordable homes during the lifetime of this parliament.

“Housing is and will remain a priority for this government. We are working with the entire housing sector to increase the supply of affordable homes, create new opportunities for those who want to own a home and deliver vital support for construction and house building companies of all sizes throughout Scotland."

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