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S5W-06962: Alex Rowley (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 8 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many houses for social rent (a) were built in 2016-17, (b) have been built since April 2016 and (c) will be built in 2017-18.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 24 February 2017

In answer to (a) and (b), the financial year 2016-17 runs from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017. The number of houses for social rent built over this period are published as part of our quarterly statistics.

The most recent official statistics published on 13 December 2016 and covering the period 1 April to end September 2016, show there were 1,566 new build homes completed for social rent as part of the Scottish Government Affordable Housing Supply Programme. However, as well as new build homes, there were also 189 homes delivered for social rent by way of rehab projects and off-the-shelf projects. The next set of quarterly statistics for the period to end December 2016 is due to be published on 14 March 2017.

(c) All local authorities publish a Local Housing Strategy (LHS). This is supplemented with a Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP), which sets out over a five year period, plans to prioritise delivery of the objectives set out in the LHS. The number of homes for social rent being built in 2017-18 will be determined by the SHIP. These documents are used as a basis for the development of Strategic Local Programme Agreements (SLPAs) between local authorities and the Scottish Government, enabling them to deliver their affordable housing priorities, including homes for social rent, in mixed communities that fit local needs.