Social housing completions rise welcomed by MP

Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP has welcomed the figures.
Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP has welcomed the figures.

Banff & Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford has welcomed new figures showing a 20 percent increase in the number of social sector homes built over the past seven years.

The figures show that in the last seven years of the Labour-LibDem administration (2000-01 to 2006-07) 28,988 homes for social rent were completed.

In the last seven years of the SNP government, 34,633 social rent homes have been completed – 19.5% more than in the last seven years of the Labour-led executive.

The Scottish Government has pledged an ambitious 30,000 affordable homes to be built by the end of this Parliament.

And it is on target to deliver with 26,972 affordable homes already built since 2011-12 – 90% of its target.

Commenting, Dr Whiteford said: “These figures demonstrate the Scottish Government’s commitment to regenerating Scotland’s social housing sector.

“Everyone deserves a warm, affordable place to live, and the SNP is committed to ensuring a steady supply of new social housing.

“The Scottish Government is already on track to deliver 30,000 affordable homes by the end of this Parliament, including 20,000 homes for social rent,” she added.