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The number of affordable homes being approved in Scotland is at its highest level since the 1980s.

The Western Isles will receive £25 million worth of investment for affordable housing over the next three years -  the highest per capita funding for any council area in Scotland.

The figure contributes to the Scottish Government’s national target of 50,000 new affordable homes by 2021.

The Scottish Government has committed more than £1.75 billion over the next three years to enable councils to plan and deliver the affordable housing needed in their communities.

Increase in affordable housing

11 July 2017

Statistics show there has been a 29% increase in approvals this year compared with last, with 10,276 affordable homes being approved in 2016-17.  

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said: “This important investment provides a further boost to the construction industry - supporting the economy and an estimated 14,000 jobs each year.

“Earlier this year, I secured a budget that saw investment in public services on a massive scale, support for our economy and help for those on low incomes.  By providing the planned resources for the next three years our local authorities can plan high–quality, energy efficient and affordable homes.

“We are currently seeing the highest levels of activity in the affordable house-building sector since the early 1980s.   With affordable site starts and completions increasing, this represents an excellent pipeline of projects across Scotland.”