Affordable housing will remain top priority under SNP

The SNP’s candidate for Greenock and Inverclyde, Stuart McMillan, welcomes his party’s commitment to deliver 100,000 affordable homes in Scotland over the next decade.

Other key SNP housing commitments include investing £1.6bn in the next parliament to decarbonise the heating of homes and other buildings, and ensuring that by 2026 all new homes delivered by registered social landlords and local authorities will be zero emissions homes.

Stuart with Housing Minister, Kevin Stewart MSP, and Cllr Chris Curley at Slaemuir

Commenting, Stuart said:

“The SNP’s record on affordable housing stands head and shoulders above that of other parties – with only six council homes delivered during Labour’s last stint in office.

“In stark contrast, more than 95,600 affordable homes have been delivered since we came to office – including 66,000 for social rent.

“Locally, nearly 3,000 new homes have been built under the SNP, which includes 1,403 housing association homes, in areas like Slaemuir, Larkfield and at James Watt Dock.

“In the last term, our investment was three times higher than the UK on a per-capita basis – and in each of the last two financial years we’ve actually delivered a greater number of social rented properties in Scotland than across the whole of England.

“If re-elected, as part of our 20-year housing strategy we’ll deliver 100,000 affordable homes over the next decade, and the £3.5bn we will invest during this parliament will support an estimated 14,000 jobs a year.

“We will also invest £1.6bn over the next parliament to decarbonise the way we heat our homes and other buildings – reducing emissions, tackling fuel poverty and creating new jobs.

“By 2026, all new homes delivered by registered social landlords and local authorities will be zero emissions homes.

“When we first came to office, the SNP inherited a situation of chronic underinvestment in social housing – but our action on housing has shown our commitment to rectifying this issue.

“By giving both votes to the SNP on May 6th, people can be assured that they will be electing a government which will prioritise greener, affordable housing to help support the economy, tackle poverty and meet our climate ambitions.”

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