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, around 14,000 jobs per year and generate around £1.7 billion for the economy on average over the life of the five-year programme.
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
- Affordable Housing Supply Programme: process and procedures guidance (ref: HSGN 2014/05)
- Current grant subsidy benchmarks. These supersede the subsidy benchmarks set out in section 1 of HSIDGN 2015/03
- local housing strategy guidance
- strategic housing investment plans guidance
All guidance notes for councils and registered social landlords
- Guidance on the preparation of Strategic Housing Investment Plans (SHIP) (ref: MHD 2017/03)
- Affordable Housing Supply Programme: RSL Social Rent Benchmark Assumptions (ref: MHDGN 2017/02) – supersedes HSIDGN 2016/02
- Affordable Housing Supply Programme (AHSP) : future-proofing access to internet and broadband services (ref: MHDGN 2017/01)
- Open Market Shared Equity (OMSE) scheme: update of administrative procedures (ref: MHDGN 2016/06 )
- Open Market Shared Equity (OMSE) and New Supply Shared Equity (NSSE) schemes: update of administrative procedures (ref: MHDGN 2016/05)
- Guidance on requirement for Financial Conduct Authority authorisation in relation to managing and enforcing past and future shared equity agreements (ref: MHDGN 2016/04)
- Guidance on the preparation of Strategic Housing Investment Plans (SHIP) (ref: MHD 2016/03)
- RSL social rent benchmark assumption (ref: HSIDGN 2016/02)
- Financial appraisal and administrative allowances for Home Owners' Support Fund etc (supersedes HSGN 2015/02) (ref: HSIDGN 2016/01)
Our archive of Affordable Housing Supply Programme guidance notes gathers publications by calendar year.
Affordable Housing Supply Programme
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.