AFFORDABLE HOUSING ‘ON CLIFF-EDGE’ AS BUILDING PIPELINE PLUMMETS BY 50 PER CENT

 New affordable housing takes shape in West Dunbartonshire.

By Bill Heaney

Affordable housing is on a cliff edge, Scottish Labour has warned today, as the number of new affordable houses set to be built in Scotland has collapsed.

In 2023, the number of affordable houses starting construction plummeted by 42% compared to March 2020. 

In the last year alone, affordable housing starts decreased by a startling 15%.

The number of affordable housing approvals- where the planning for new homes is given the green light to go ahead- has also decreased by a whopping 50% since 2020 and 18% in the past year alone.

This double whammy means fewer houses are being started and even fewer are being approved for completion, costing hundreds of Scots access to affordable homes as the Scottish supply pipeline plummets.

This is a marked difference from all-sector housing, where starts have decreased by 25% since 2020, showing that affordable housing is being hit particularly hard by government inaction.

Scottish Labour Housing Spokesperson Mark Griffin, RIGHT,  said: “These shocking figures come at a time of crisis for many Scots and signal a supreme failure from the Scottish Government.

“When so many people are struggling to keep afloat, maintaining our affordable housing provision is even more vital than ever.

“Instead, this programme has been left dangling off a cliff edge by Shona Robison as target after target is missed.

“Scottish Labour would ensure everyone has a home they can be proud of by improving housing supply, building more homes and making better use of the housing stock we have”

Chart 11: Affordable homes approved and started, years to end March, 2020 – 2023

Stage

2020

2022

2023

2023 vs 2022

2023 vs 2020

Approvals

12,880

7,820

6,396

-18%

-50%

Starts

12,039

8,227

6,987

-15%

-42%

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