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Funding for new homes

September 08 2010
A £45 million package will kick-start the construction of 800 affordable homes across Scotland

Scotland's housing minister Alex Neil has revealed a new £45 million package to kick-start the construction of 800 affordable homes across Scotland.

The announcement was made at the launch of a series of events to discuss the future of housing policy in Scotland.

Mr Neil declared: "This funding will be targeted at accelerating construction-starts and will enable at least 800 new homes to go on-site earlier than planned this year. It will inject renewed confidence in Scotland's building industry and help to tackle homelessness."

"There is a pressing need to adopt fresh thinking and new ideas to support increased housing supply."

The funding package is made up of £31m given to the Scottish Government as a result of the previous UK government's March budget, and £14m freed up from the existing housing investment programme.

Work on the new housing is expected to support 1,200 jobs in the industry and 700 in related trades.

Graeme Brown, director of housing charity Shelter Scotland, said: "This is good news for the near 155,000 households stuck on house waiting lists across Scotland."

Aberdeen is to receive nearly £2million as part of the new investment, and has recently been given funding for 31 council homes in the area. MSP Brian Adam said the cash for the city was a much-needed boost: "Aberdeen has some of the highest property prices in Scotland, which has been a barrier to many wanting to get on the housing ladder.

"This funding is to be welcomed as an important tool to boost low-cost housing in the city."