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27/08/13 09:31

House-building in Scotland remains higher than UK

Annual Housing statistics released.

House-building across all sectors remains higher in Scotland than the rest of the UK, despite a decline in the completion of new homes, announced Housing Minister Margaret Burgess.

Scottish Government housing figures released today show that in 2012/13 the number of new build completions across all sectors fell from 15,940 to 13,803.

The rate per 100,000 population for total completions in Scotland is 259.8 for the year to the end of March 2013. The Scottish rate remained higher than that for the rest of the UK last year, as well as the equivalent figures for England – 201.5 and Wales – 177.9.

The number of new local authority homes started in the year to 30 June 2013 was 1189 – the second highest figure for this period since 1988. This brings the number of new local authority homes started to more than 4000 in the last 4 years.

The Scottish Government has kick started a new generation of council house-building - which has reversed decades of decline with social housing completions in the six years 2007/08 to 2012/13 – up 32 per cent on the six year period 2001/02 to 2006/07.

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said:

“We are still experiencing challenging economic conditions which are continuing to have an impact on house-building activity.

“This is due to world economic conditions exacerbated by Westminster’s drastic cuts to our capital budget. Despite this the Scottish Government remains committed to stimulating growth and delivering more affordable homes for people across Scotland.

“We are doing all we can to facilitate the industry’s recovery, boost supply and protect and create jobs through our National Housing Trust initiative and House-building Infrastructure Loan Fund. We are also helping households get onto, or move up the property ladder through our shared equity schemes and our support for the MI New Home scheme.”

“We have committed to deliver 30,000 affordable homes during this Parliament, at least 20,000 of those will be for social rent and we have put in place the funding - almost £950 million in the current 3 years - to make that happen.”