Section: Housing Provision

New study finds 50,000 affordable homes target for Scotland will be challenging to meet

Posted 30.03.20
Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH): Further reading

There remains a real challenge for the Scottish government and the housing sector to deliver 50,000 affordable homes by March 2021 according to new analysis from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

The UK Housing Review 2020, which was conducted before the government lockdown in response to COVID-19, shows that completions over the first three years of the Affordable Housing Supply Programme have seen half of the target achieved and means that the remaining half must be delivered in the final two years.

This is despite higher rates of performance in delivering new affordable homes in Scotland than in the rest of the UK and almost twice the rate per head of population as England.

In addition, the target for 35,000 social rented homes is equally challenging with only 16,500 social homes built in the first three years.

This means that 18,500 units have to be built in the remaining two years. Although the report does note there has been an increase in the provision of social rented homes in the in the past 12 months.


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