Making sure that everyone has a safe, warm and affordable home is central to the SNP Government’s drive to make this country fairer and more prosperous.
Overall, more than 87,000 affordable homes have been delivered since we came to office, including 59,780 for social rent.
Over the last Parliamentary term, the SNP Government invested over £1.7 billion in affordable housing. We exceeded our target of building 30,000 affordable homes by 2016 in October 2015, and by the end of the Parliamentary term we delivered 33,490 affordable homes including 5,992 council house completions. This compares to just six council homes completed in Labour’s last term of office in Scotland. We have also taken steps to safeguard social housing for the future by abolishing the right to buy, protecting 15,500 social rented sector homes.
In this parliament we have set a target to build at least 50,000 new affordable homes, of which 35,000 will be for social rent, with investment of over £1.75 billion.
Much has been achieved so far, in 2018-19 there were 21,292 new build completions, an increase of 21 per cent on the previous year.