What evidence do we have that might make us take them seriously?
From Housing Statistics for Scotland Quarterly Update published by the Scottsish Government yesterday:
Between 2007/08 and 2017/18, the annual average supply of affordable housing per head of population in Scotland has been 13.4 homes per 10,000 population, higher than England (9.5 homes per 10,000 population), Wales (7.6 homes per 10,000 population), and Northern Ireland (10.2homes per 10,000 population). In 2018/19 the figures were 17.5 homes per 10,000 population in Scotland, 10.2 in England, and 8.2 in Wales.
From BBC UK today with, of course, no BBC Scotland interest:
A government plan to create 200,000 new homes for first-time buyers has resulted in no homes being built, the National Audit Office has found. Announced in 2014, “starter homes” were meant to be aimed at those under the age of 40 and sold at a 20% discount. Former prime minister David Cameron committed to the scheme in the 2015 Conservative Party manifesto as a way of tackling the affordable housing crisis.
However, thanks to a parliamentary question from the Dim Lebs on July 16th 2019, we can reveal that Scotland is making good progress toward its target of 50 000 affordable homes by May 2021 with 25 000 (50%) already delivered.
From Insider today:
The Scottish Government is making more than £3 billion available to local authorities and housing associations to support the delivery of 50,000 affordable homes by 2021, including 35,000 for social rent. This investment is expected to leverage economic output of around £1.4 billion per year, supporting up to 12,000 jobs. Scotland Excel was commissioned by the Scottish Government in 2017 to deliver a procurement programme for housing associations. The result is Scotland Excel’s new build residential construction framework awarded in August 2019. It has been designed to significantly reduce the time taken to procure the building of a range of social housing properties from contractors.
For more on how the above initiative has built on the Scottish Government’s pre-existing performance, outstripping that of Westminster, see: