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Millions allocated to deliver more social housing in Cumbernauld, as part of national boost

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 15:40 GMT on Monday, July 8th, 2013.

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NORTH Lanarkshire Council and registered social landlords in Cumbernauld could be about to benefit after the Scottish Government announced a £44 million increase in housing subsidies.

The funding increase is an attempt to push construction of social housing, after the SNP scrapped the right-to-buy for social housing tenants, by 2017. 

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the increase, earlier this week, and the MSP for Glasgow Southside, says that the boost will give councils and housing associations an extra £16,000 per home.

Ms Sturgeon announced the funding increase today; the same day as the report on Affordability, Financial Capacity and Subsidy Rates (AFCSR), was published; a report which recommended introducing higher subsidy levels.

Commenting, Ms Sturgeon said: “I would like to extend my thanks to the working group for their hard work and commitment on this report.

“We are aware of the pressures being faced by councils and housing associations, and support the recommendations of the working group in full, including increasing subsidies by £16,000.”

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The AFCSR report was put together by a short life working group, with representatives from the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum (GWSF), the Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers (ALACHO) and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA).

Ms Sturgeon continued: “Housing is and will remain a priority for this Government and today’s announcement of £44 million in funding brings our total budget for affordable housing to nearly £900 million over three years.

“Increasing the supply of affordable housing is a vital part of our efforts to build a better and fairer Scotland.”

At present, Scottish councils receive up to £30,000, towards the cost of building a new home, while registered social landlords get around £42,000.

“We are now two years into our five year target of delivering at least 30,000 additional affordable homes and we are collectively making good progress towards making this target, with last month’s housing statistics showing that we have already completed almost 12,900 additional affordable homes,” Ms Sturgeon added.

“In announcing the end of Right to Buy last week I also signalled our commitment to ensuring that we keep and make the best use of our existing housing stock.

“Housing is central to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities and I am confident that the additional resources announced today will strengthen our commitment to provide the people of Scotland with high quality, sustainable homes that they can afford and which meets their needs.”

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