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S5W-06976: Pauline McNeill (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 8 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-06198 by Kevin Stewart on 30 January 2017, what discussions it has had with the housebuilding industry about the "novel proposals" that it is assessing in relation to the building of mid-market rent homes.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 24 February 2017

The Mid-Market Rent Invitation, launched in 2016 as part of the More Homes Scotland approach, was open to prospective mid-market rent providers to submit proposals that will expand mid-market rented housing and contribute to the target to deliver at least 50,000 affordable homes by 2021. Since the invitation closed, the proposals received have been progressing through detailed assessment to establish whether they are deliverable and can be supported by Scottish Government. While this process is on-going details of the proposals remain commercially confidential. We continue to have specific discussions with the proposers on their models and their engagement with the house-building industry as well as regular contact with house-building industry bodies, such as Homes for Scotland to promote the wide range of Scottish Government backed initiatives that will play a vital role in delivering affordable housing, including the Mid-Market Rent Invitation.