Christmas bonus for affordable housing welcomed by CIH Scotland
The Scottish Government announcement yesterday of additional funding for capital projects that has been made available to Scotland will provide a welcome additional boost to affordable housing, says CIH Scotland. As part of a £205 million package of construction and maintenance projects announced on Tuesday, £50m was awarded for affordable housing over the three year period to 2014/15.
Welcoming the extra funding Alan Ferguson, Director of CIH Scotland, said:
“It is heartening to see that the Scottish Government isn’t just paying lip service to its commitment to affordable housing, signalling its continuing support by identifying it as the biggest winner of the new package of projects. There is no doubt that investment in affordable housing has an enormous pay back to the government. The new money will provide much needed homes, alleviate pressure from housing lists and help reduce the reliance on temporary accommodation. It will help ensure Scotland continues to drive up standards in housing quality, and will boost employment and stimulate the economy.
“As always, the devil is in the detail and we are keen to see how this money will be shared amongst providers of affordable housing and what type of housing will be funded. We urge the minister to announce this information as soon as possible. We have concerns that housing which meets particular needs may be losing out disproportionately in new developments. The importance of this issue is underlined by the recent census results showing that there are now more older people than younger people living in Scotland, meaning that specialist accommodation such as wheelchair housing will be even more necessary than it is already.”