AFFORDABLE HOMES FUNDING FOR SOUTH LANARKSHIRE
Council areas across Scotland are to share more than £3.2 billion in grant funding over five years to help deliver more affordable homes.
Local authorities will benefit from an increase of more than £541 million on the previous five-year allocation – an uplift of more than 20%.
As part of this, South Lanarkshire Council is to receive almost £31 million for the financial year, an increase on last year. This will take total Scottish Government affordable housing funding, over the past five for the local authority, to £156 million.
The Scottish Government has delivered more than 102,000 affordable homes across Scotland since 2007, and they aim to deliver 100,000 affordable homes by 2032, with at least 70% of these for social rent.
Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey MSP welcomed the funding:
“Over recent years, funding from the Scottish Government has been used in a number of local developments, including at Glenroyal Gardens in Rutherglen, housing at Whitlawburn, and the new project just off Gilbertfield Road in Cambuslang.
“We know good quality and affordable housing helps tackle child poverty, homelessness, and improves people’s experiences of living in the private and social rented sectors, so I welcome this new funding.
“As new homes are built, I’ll continue to call for local amenities to be taken into account and, as is necessary for Cambuslang East, push for a new secondary school to be built.”
Scottish Government press release which cites the delivering of 102,000 affordable homes:
Breakdown of local authority funding allocations:
Date published: 23rd July 2021