Date lodged: 24 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what support it gives to local authorities and housing organisations in the Highlands and Islands in order to provide affordable homes that take account of demographics, age profile and economic activity.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 31 January 2018
Local authorities have a statutory requirement to produce a local housing strategy which sets out the priorities and plans for the delivery of housing and housing related services within the local authority’s area, required now and into the future.
The Scottish Government supports the delivery of these priorities through the resources allocated through the Affordable Housing Supply Programme. The allocation method was agreed with Cosla and takes into account affordability, deprivation, rurality and homelessness. In addition, we introduced the Rural and Islands Housing Funds which recognise the particular issues associated with delivering homes in rural areas.
Social rent and mid-market rent grant subsidy benchmarks are in place and are designed to reflect differentials between geographic location, tenures and energy efficiency standards. That means for the Highland and Islands authorities, subsidies can be up to £14,000 per unit higher than those in city and urban areas.