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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-01395: Baillie, Jackie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 July 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the capacity of (a) housing associations, (b) local authorities and (c) the building industry to assist in the delivery of the target to build 50,000 new affordable homes in each of the next five years.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 26 July 2016

The Scottish Government works closely with all housing stakeholders to ensure that we make the best use of all our resources and expertise to deliver more affordable homes. The Joint Housing Policy and Delivery Group brings together stakeholders from across housing and the group’s delivery plan captures a crucial set of delivery actions which we collectively agree are vital at this time.

We have listened to what housing partners need to increase the pace and momentum of housing delivery. These discussions have helped us to develop our More Homes Scotland approach.

Through this approach, the following additional measures will further support the increase in the supply of homes with focus on four key areas:

more investment for more housing - we will invest over £3 billion in affordable housing to deliver at least 50,000 affordable homes over the next five years - a 76% increase on our current five-year investment;

a flexible grant and loan Housing Infrastructure fund with up to £50 million available in 2016-17

a wide-ranging review of the planning system to improve the effectiveness of planning processes; and identify with stakeholders any critical skills and expertise gaps that could prevent delivery of our ambition

We are determined to increase and accelerate housing supply across all tenures and support the industry and local authorities to deliver their housing priorities with quality homes in mixed communities that fit local needs.