The Scottish Government strongly supports the development of allotments for food growing and recognises the range of benefits that they bring to individuals and communities. The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 places new duties on local authorities in respect of allotments, including a requirement to take steps to limit waiting lists and waiting times for those who are on such lists. We believe that the provisions will strongly encourage the development of new allotment sites and will, thereby, increase access to allotments for people throughout Scotland.
I have been approached by constituents in Cumbernauld who have said that demand for allotment sites is far outstripping supply. Funding was to be made available to local authorities for their new responsibilities under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, which the minister mentioned, for developing allotment sites. Can the minister say how much money the Government has made available to local authorities to increase the number of allotments in the Central Scotland region?