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Affordable Housing (North-east Fife)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 5:52 pm on 2nd June 2004.

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Photo of Mary Mulligan Mary Mulligan Labour 5:52 pm, 2nd June 2004

I understand that it is a question of the overall number of homes. However, I also recognise that the underlying problem, which we need to address, is that there are different influences in each area. There are different circumstances and different demands for different types and sizes of housing. That is why the review will not just say that we need however many thousand extra homes in Scotland but will actually look at addressing the needs of individual communities.

I am aware that the Presiding Officer is looking at me, although I have not got through even half of the comments that members made. I will make a couple of quick comments on important matters that have been raised.

The first such matter is that of empty homes, which Mr Brocklebank raised. We recognise that there are empty homes in some areas of Scotland. The housing strategies that are being prepared will consider how to utilise those homes to best effect. However, I disagree with him that the answer is to move people from areas in which they want to live to fill those homes. We cannot do that—we must be a bit more strategic and responsive than that. I hope that we will come up with more positive solutions.