Affordable Housing

– in the Scottish Parliament on 17th March 2011.

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Photo of Mary Mulligan Mary Mulligan Labour

16. To ask the Scottish Executive what progress there has been in providing affordable housing in 2010-11. (S3O-13358)

Photo of Alex Neil Alex Neil Scottish National Party

Published statistics from 1 April 2010 to 31 December 2010 show that excellent progress has been made in providing affordable housing in 2010-11. Up to 31 December, 4,663 homes had been completed and a further 4,772 homes approved, which included 1,872 new council house approvals.

Photo of Mary Mulligan Mary Mulligan Labour

Among the statistics that have been released recently are figures that show that the number of houses that have been built for sale through the shared equity programme fell from 1,979 in 2009-10 to 657 in the nine months from April to December. Why does it appear that there will be a 50 per cent decrease in supply and what does the minister intend to do about that?

Photo of Alex Neil Alex Neil Scottish National Party

We have to look at the overall figure, which is extremely encouraging. In preparing my reply to the question I have been looking back at the total figures for the affordable housing investment programme, which show that in the first three years of this Administration we gave approval to 7,500 new units per year on average, compared with fewer than 6,000 new units per year under the Labour Party’s Administration.

It ill behoves Mary Mulligan to complain about any of that, given that she voted against the budget, including the money for housing, and given that at no time during the budget negotiations did the Labour Party put forward proposals for additional spending on housing. The only party other than the Scottish National Party to do that was the Conservative party.