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Affordable Housing Supply Programme

We will deliver at least 50,000 affordable homes by 2021 backed by over £3 billion. This target represents a 67% increase in affordable housing supply, and 35,000 of the 50,000 target will be for social rent.

These extra homes are expected to support, on average, between 12,000 and 14,000 full-time equivalent jobs in the construction and related sectors over the course of this Parliament.

Resource Planning Assumptions (RPAs) for 2017-2018

The Scottish Government has allocated the April 2017 to March 2018 resource planning assumptions. A total of £422 million is being allocated to council areas across Scotland. This results from the planned April 2017 to March 2018 Affordable Housing Supply Programme as announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities on 13 March 2017.

Long-term planning for affordable housing

Securing the best outcomes from the Affordable Housing Supply Programme requires long-term planning. As well as knowing their planning assumptions for April 2017 to March 2018, councils also need as much advance notice as possible of their longer term RPAs for April 2018 to March 2019 and beyond.

That is why the Scottish Government has provided long term resource planning assumptions for councils to March 2021.

Our area teams agree programmes with councils. This is to ensure that the overall balance of the Affordable Housing Supply Programme, respective subsidy levels for council and registered social landlord projects and the mix of developers in each area are in line with our national strategies for housing supply.

This approach provides a strong strategic role for councils.

Guidance for councils and registered social landlords

Our current and archived guidance gathers publications by calendar year.

Affordable Housing Supply Programme

Housing statistics

Official figures on the AHSP and other housing statistics from Housing Statistics for Scotland.

Achieving excellence in housing development

We are working with our partners to ensure best value through the significant investment supporting the More Homes Scotland approach.

As well as ensuring value for money on individual projects, we also aim to maximise wider benefits from this investment. This includes economic, environmental and social benefits, and working with partners where we believe this investment can support wider objectives, for example in health and social care, education and homelessness.

We will develop projects to improve performance at various stages of delivery such as programme commissioning, project development, procurement, construction and asset life cycle.

Two projects have been identified for early implementation.

A performance framework for housing development

To show best value we need to know how well the affordable housing sector is doing just now, and whether its performance improves. Working with key partners, we will identify the best indicators of performance and begin to collect, analyse and report that data. We will also develop an improvement programme based on the findings from that analysis.

A procurement improvement programme

It is vital that the affordable housing sector procures homes in the most effective and efficient way. We will work with partners to improve the procurement performance of individual organisations, and to develop effective strategic procurement approaches across the affordable housing sector.