Scotland leads the way on affordable housing and fighting homelessness

You won’t find in the above scare story about a supposed failure, based on what ‘builders’ say, in the future to meet affordable housing targets, any context such as how well the SNP Government is doing compared to the others in the UK.

Here it is:

From the Scottish Government in October 2022:

Across the 14 years between 2007/08 and 2020/21, 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 homes per 10,000 population), and Northern Ireland (13.0 homes per 10,000 population – average across the years 2010/11 to 2020/21).

The 9,757 affordable homes completed in Scotland in the latest financial year 2021/22 equates to a rate of 17.9 homes delivered per 10,000 population, the highest rate since 2007/08.

In the Guardian today:

Forty councils in England saw no social rent housing built in five years in the wake of government funding cuts, according to official figures analysed by the Observer. In 2010 the Conservative-led coalition slashed funding for subsidised housing by 60% and redirected the remaining money away from social rent and towards more expensive “affordable rent” housing.

You won’t find any objective account here of how Scotland leads the way in fighting homelessness because Shelter, unlike Crisis, works with Labour to undermine the Scottish Government.

From Crisis:

‘Core homelessness’ – a concept which captures the most severe and immediate forms of homelessness – is estimated to have stood at 14,250 households on a given night in Scotland in 2019, having been relatively stable over the preceding seven years. Rates of core homelessness are substantially lower in Scotland (0.57% of households) than in England (0.94%) and Wales (0.66%).

Why you should not trust accusations from Shelter:

3 thoughts on “Scotland leads the way on affordable housing and fighting homelessness

  1. Is it no amazing just how many SG policies are “KEY”, “FLAGSHIP”, “CONTROVERSIAL” etc. in Scotland’s media, whilst turning a blind eye to “OVEN READY DEALS” and “SMALL BOATS” from Westminster.

    For example, how many folks in England actually know who Natalie McGarry is, I frankly suspect damned few – Yet the latest HMS James Cook story “Natalie McGarry: Ex-MP cannot pay proceeds of crime, court told” features on the BBC’s UK page as well as the Scotland page.
    For the Scotland/Politics page, prime promotion spot goes to “Nursing shortages are delaying spinal operations – surgeon”, by way of trying to cover the “Disclosure” teams’ latest gaslighting meeting a giant “Meh” from the public.

    Anyhow, back to the topic of Martin Williams’s latest EXCLUSIVE (he’s really going for the “Sun” moronic approach) but note the source, the CHI, the PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS body for builders, a nationwide body who ostensibly didn’t notice year on year cuts in England but had a wobbly over SG finances under pressure ?
    Eh ?

    You only need ponder how many builders with land banks had investor plans for their latest yacht or supercar scuppered by SG’s revised budgets, thence putting pressure on CHI to issue a statement.

    The greatest single cost of housing in the UK was always land, but oh my how that’s changed – IIRC land cost was about 10% in the 1960/70s of the total cost of building – Recently I read an article citing 10% as the house-build cost as cartels own the land, it’s become essentially a mafia.

    Land taxation reform can’t come quick enough in Scotland IMHO, it’s time this banditry was ended.
    Martin will of course disagree and issue a series of “Exclusives”, but he’s obviously not really that interested in journalism if it pisses off his paymasters anyway.


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