SNP welcome £87m for eco friendly homes

The SNP have welcomed news that an additional £87m will be invested in affordable and energy efficient homes, supporting jobs in the construction industry.

Housing Minister Keith Brown announced details of the green homes fund after Finance Secretary John Swinney outlined the funding in his budget.

Maureen Watt, SNP MSP for Aberdeen South and North Kincardine and convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee, said:

“Investing £87million in affordable and energy efficient homes is a fantastic commitment from the SNP Government.

“Not only does this benefit our environment and alleviate fuel poverty by helping to reduce fuel bills, it will also boost our economy by supporting jobs in the construction industry.

“The £10million for a new Greener Housing Innovation Scheme will encourage councils and housing associations to build greener homes using modern and more environmentally friendly technology.

“While the UK Government is damaging Scotland’s economy with severe cuts to our budget, the SNP Government is investing in a supply of new affordable housing.

“This funding takes us well past the £610million target which organisations like Shelter agree is necessary to keep on track towards our commitment to build 30,000 affordable homes.

“We are significantly supplementing Scotland’s affordable housing supply, while at the same time investing for jobs and boosting Scotland’s world-leading efforts in tackling climate change.”

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