SNP MSP Christina McKelvie has welcomed recent figures that show 4,941 affordable and social homes have been completed in South Lanarkshire since 2007 – with 344 affordable homes completed in 2022/23 alone.
Statistics show that almost 10,500 low-cost ownership, mid-market rent, and social rent homes were completed across Scotland in the financial year 2022/23; bringing the total since SNP affordable housing programmes began in 2007 to over 122,200.
Scotland continues to lead the UK in affordable home provision. Between 2007/08 and 2021/22, the annual average supply of affordable housing per head of population in Scotland has been 13.9 homes per 10,000 population, higher than England (9.7 homes per 10,000 population), Wales (8.0), and Northern Ireland (12.7). The 10,458 affordable homes completed in Scotland in 2022/23 equates to a rate of 19.1 homes delivered per 10,000 population.
The SNP Scottish Government has also announced a further boost of £60 million to reduce the number of households living in temporary accommodation, supporting a national acquisition plan to increase the supply of social and affordable housing.
Welcoming the new figures, SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse Christina McKelvie said:
“Thanks to action from this SNP Government there is more affordable and social housing across Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse. Everyone deserves warm, safe, and affordable accommodation to call home – which is why this Affordable Housing Supply Programme really matters.
“Just last year, we saw 344 high-quality affordable and social homes built South Lanarkshire, bringing the total of affordable home completion figure in the area to 4,941 since 2007. This is supported by the Scottish Government’s five-year, £3.2 billion fund to accelerate affordable home provision, with the aim of delivering a further 110,000 affordable homes across Scotland by 2032.
“As the Tory cost of living crisis puts pressure on Scottish households, and Labour offer nothing but regressive U-turns, the SNP is showing what progressive government looks like, getting on with the day job and building a new Scotland – including right here in Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse.”