Social Housing Construction (Labour Shortages and Materials Costs)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 15th June 2022.

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Photo of Mark Griffin Mark Griffin Labour

Social housing construction obviously depends on approval numbers, and recently published statistics show that the number of affordable home approvals has dropped significantly, with around 7,800 in 2021-22 compared with 12,800 in the previous year. Since 2016, the figure has never before dropped below 10,000. What is the reason for the drop in approvals, and how can the Scottish Government get the pipeline of affordable home delivery back up to previous levels?