Scotland hits affordable housing target

Scotland has reached its target of building 50,000 affordable homes since the start of the last Parliament, Housing Secretary Shona Robison has announced.

Latest quarterly housing statistics show that 9,757 affordable homes were delivered in 2021-22, the highest figure in a single financial year since 2000-01.

The number of all-sector new build homes completed in Scotland increased by 26 per cent in the year to September 2021, bringing the total to 20,056, compared to 15,882 homes completed in the previous year. Despite this increase, the total is still down on the 22,019 homes completed in the pre-pandemic year ended September 2019.

The 50,000 affordable home target was hit during March, despite the challenges and necessary lockdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years, said Robison. ‘Scotland is now progressing towards its target of delivering 110,000 affordable homes by 2032, with 70 per cent of these for social rent and 10 per cent in our rural and island communities.

‘Scotland has led the way across the UK with the delivery of affordable homes, but this is just part of our mission to deliver a fairer housing sector. Our Housing to 2040 route map is key to this mission, with priorities including action to tackle high rents in the private sector, improve standards and make homes easier to heat’.