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New homes on the rise

Published: 8 Sep 2015 09:31
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Housing, Statistics

Affordable housing on track to exceed target.

The number of new homes built in Scotland has risen by nine per cent in the last year.

Latest housing statistics show the number of new homes completed across the private and social sector rose nine per cent to 16,281 between April 2014 and March 2015, compared to the same period in 2013-14.

In addition, the overall supply of housing, which covers new builds, refurbishments and conversions, increased six per cent to 17,149 in 2014-15 compared to the previous year.

The Scottish Government is also well on track to exceed its five-year target to deliver 30,000 affordable homes by March 2016, as part of the Affordable Housing Supply Programme.

Figures to the end of June 2015, show that a total of 28,048 affordable homes have now been delivered –93 per cent of the 30,000 target - including 19,205 homes for social rent. This is 96 per cent of the 20,000 social rent target, and within that 4,956 council homes – 99 per cent of the council homes target.

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said: "Making sure everyone in Scotland has access to good-quality, affordable housing is at the heart of the Scottish Government's ambitions to create a fairer and more prosperous country. These figures support this commitment and show we are on track to exceed our five year target of delivering 30,000 new homes by 2016.

"This is a significant achievement. In spite of around a quarter in real terms cuts to our capital budget and an uphill battle to beat the recession, this Government has built more social and affordable houses in the last seven years than were delivered in the seven years prior to that.

"By targeting resources at making private sector homes more affordable, through schemes like Help to Buy (Scotland), we have seen the number of private sector completions rise significantly.

"We have boosted housing supply budgets by investing £1.7 billion in affordable housing over the lifetime of this Parliament. Our house building rates, per head, continue to outperform other parts of the UK.

"We will continue to work closely with the housing sector to support the construction of new homes across all tenures, supporting jobs in the construction industry and wider economy, and helping to strengthen communities, promote social justice and tackle inequality."

Notes to editors

The statistical bulletins and web tables associated with this publication can be found as follows:

Housing Statistics for Scotland 2015: Annual Key Trends Summary:
http://www.gov.scot/stats/bulletins/01173

Housing Statistics for Scotland Quarterly Update (published 8 September 2015):
http://www.gov.scot/stats/bulletins/01174