Affordable housing programme on target at halfway point.
The Scottish Government is on track to meet its ambitious affordable housing target, new statistics show.
The figures show an increase of 745 homes (4%) across all sectors, from 18,683 in 2016-17 to 19,428 in 2017-18. This is the fifth consecutive increase and the highest annual figure since 2008-09.
They also show that affordable housing approvals total 11,926 homes, up 12% (1,252 homes) on the previous year.
Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said:
"I am immensely proud that this government has now delivered more than 78,000 affordable homes since 2007.
"I am delighted that these figures show we are on track to deliver at least 50,000 affordable homes over this Parliament, including 35,000 for social rent. This is backed by more than £3 billion - the single biggest investment in, and delivery of, affordable housing since devolution and we are determined to see it benefit all parts of Scotland.
"Making sure everyone has a safe, warm and affordable home is central to this Government's drive for a fairer and more prosperous Scotland. That is why we are now starting work with the housing sector to consider how we are best able to deliver affordable homes after our current programme. This year's Programme for Government included proposals to develop a vision for housing in 2040 - the first time we have taken a long-term approach to ensuring that Scotland has housing fit for the future.
"That's vital if we are to ensure we meet the needs of people in the future and continue to deliver housing for the people of Scotland."
Background information and an explanatory note on Housing Statistics can be found here: Housing Statistics webpages