Homes to Rent

Part of Health and Wellbeing – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:15 pm on 28 June 2007.

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Photo of Jeremy Purvis Jeremy Purvis Liberal Democrat 2:15, 28 June 2007

The minister will be aware that capital investment funding for housing associations in the Scottish Borders is expected to be around £7 million in this financial year, which is an increase of about 150 per cent on the figure for 2002-03. That reflects the particular need for social housing in the Borders. However, we are still not meeting demand. Will the minister guarantee that investment will continue to rise in the spending review period? Will he also commit himself to giving more support to land banking in the Borders? According to the minister's latest statistical report, there have been large increases in land value in the area. Will he meet Scottish Borders Housing Association, other housing associations in the Borders and me over the summer to discuss local priorities?