Housing (Rural Areas)

Part of Question Time — Scottish Executive — Finance and Public Services and Communities – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:15 pm on 8th March 2007.

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Photo of Jeremy Purvis Jeremy Purvis Liberal Democrat 2:15 pm, 8th March 2007

The minister will be aware that the former Minister for Communities, Margaret Curran, identified the Borders as an area of particular housing need. In that context, it is extremely welcome that Communities Scotland will invest £15 million in Peebles in my constituency in building 138 affordable and social rented homes, which will go a considerable way to improving the housing situation for my constituents. However, does the minister know that the information from the local housing forum is that 301 such homes will be required annually in the Borders? What is the current completion level in the Borders of social rented and affordable homes and what will the level be in the next five years?