1st September 2016

‘£3billion investment from Scottish Government to increase the number of affordable homes in North Lanarkshire’

Recent plans by North Lanarkshire Council to increase the number of affordable homes in the local authority’s area was made possible by the Scottish Government’s Affordable Housing Supply Programme (AHSP).

The SNP Scottish Government pledged to build 50,000 affordable homes over the course of the Parliament, 35,000 of which would be for the social rented sector.

NLC saw an increase in their AHSP grant from £16m in 2015/16 to £23m in 2016/17.

The Scottish Government has also increased funding for new housing projects from £50,000 per unit to £59,000.

A recent report to the Housing and Social Work Services Committee stated that the Scottish Government’s AHSP grant will allow for NLC to build 300 homes each year for the next five years and that the increase in grants will allow for another 1,000 homes in North Lanarkshire.

Commenting, Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows said:

“The SNP is committed to building affordable homes for everyone. This is why we have embarked on the biggest home building project for decades.

“The previous Labour Government built only six council houses in Scotland; whereas the Scottish Government built over 30,000 in the previous Parliament and have pledged an additional 50,000 in this Parliament.

“As a result, North Lanarkshire will see over 1,800 homes built in the next ten years – all made possible by the Scottish Government Affordable Housing Supply Programme which is providing grants to local authorities to undertake these projects.

“It is no surprise that there are 12,000 people on NLC’s housing waiting list. Not all people will be homeless, but many will like in overcrowded or unsuitable housing. But 1,900 claims of homelessness were made to NLC in 2015/16. Since elected, I have assisted 111 people with housing enquiries. There is a clear and definite need for building more homes.

“By ending the right to buy and taking up a mass home building initiative, we can begin to combat homelessness and ensure everyone has access to shelter.”