Gordon MP Richard Thomson has welcomed recent figures which show over 3700 affordable and social homes have been completed in Aberdeenshire since 2007 – with 341 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 Scottish Government 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 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.
Commenting on the figures, Richard Thomson MP said:
“These figures are good news for Aberdeenshire. The SNP Scottish Government is committed to building new affordable homes for many reasons, not least given the link between poor housing and poverty and the fact more homes will help improve people’s life chances, create jobs, and have a beneficial effect on health and wellbeing. This is in stark contrast to the Labour/Lib Dem Scottish Executive that was responsible for building only six new council houses throughout their time in office.
“While there is still work to do, I am confident that these latest figures show that the SNP Scottish Government is committed to working with partners to continue to increase the affordable housing supply.”