The announcement that more than £50 million is set to be put into new affordable housing in East Dunbartonshire has been applauded by MSP Gil Paterson.
Both West Dunbartonshire Council and East Dunbartonshire Council as well as house builders now have the opportunity to plan ahead with grant subsidies guaranteed, for the first time, for the next three years until 2021.
West Dunbartonshire is getting £8.6 million in 2017/18, £9.8 million in 2019/20 and £10.4 million in 2020/21, an investment of more than £28 million from the SNP government.
East Dunbartonshire is getting £6.5 million in 2017/18, £7.36 million in 2019/20 and £7.8 million in 2020/21, totalling above £21 million.
It is part of a £1.75 billion SNP government investment in affordable housing across Scotland.
Gil Paterson MSP said: “This is a strong investment from the SNP government to home building in local authorities in my constituency, Clydebank and Milngavie.
“There are problems with poor housing stock in both local authority areas, but especially in West Dunbartonshire.
“Both areas, for different reasons, are in desperate need of new, modern affordable housing developments. In East Dunbartonshire, affordable housing is so scarce that people have been driven out of their communities. In West Dunbartonshire, there is an unsuitable waiting list, people living in unacceptable levels of poverty.
“The new affordable housing will boost the living standards of many in both East and West Dunbartonshires. The whole investment from the SNP government will help continue to build our strong and stable economy.”
Notes for editors
Affordable housing covers homes for social rent, affordable rent and affordable home ownership.
The full breakdown of each Local Authority’s Long term Resource Planning Assumptions are available on the Scottish Government website.
The Scottish Government recently confirmed £422 million would be allocated to councils in 2017/18 as part of the Affordable Housing Supply Programme.
The latest Quarterly Housing Statistics covering the first year of the Affordable Housing Supply Programme are published by the Scottish Government.