Scotland sees 25% increase in affordable homes completed in 2019

Number of new build homes started in Scotland in the year to September 2019 tops highest annual figure since 2007.

Latest figures from the Scottish government have shown that 9,317 affordable homes were delivered in 2019, an increase of more than 25% since 2016, and the number of completed homes for social rent increased by 16% compared to the previous year.

The statistics also show that in the year to September 2019, more than 21,800 new build homes across all sectors were completed, including those for private sale and for social and affordable rent. 

The number of new build homes that were started in the same period increased by 24% to 24,873, the highest annual figure since 2007.

Scottish housing minister Kevin Stewart said: “I am proud that we have now delivered over 91,000 affordable homes since 2007, with more than 63,000 for social rent.

“With over 31,000 affordable homes delivered between April 2016 and December 2019, the figures demonstrate that we remain on course to reach our target of 50,000 affordable homes by the end of this parliament. 

“This has been backed by a Scottish government commitment of more than £3.5bn to deliver good quality, secure and affordable homes.

“We are delivering more housing for Scotland, which will help support and create jobs, tackle inequality, and create strong, sustainable communities.”

The statistics for affordable homes and social rent figures cover the period January 2019 to December 2019. The all sector new build figures to the period October 2018 to September 2019.

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