SNP MSP Joan McAlpine has welcomed the announcement that Dumfries and Galloway will receive more than £60 million from the Scottish Government for affordable housing, as part of a £1.75 billion investment across the country.
For the first time, the grant subsidies are guaranteed for the next three years – giving councils and house-builders the opportunity to plan ahead.
In 2018-19, £532 million will be shared amongst local authorities – rising to £591 million in 2019-20 and £630 million in 2020-21.
Ms McAlpine said:
“The announcement that Dumfries and Galloway will receive £60 over the next three years provides the certainty that region and the sector needs to keep progressing and ensures we keep up the momentum to reach the Scottish Government’s target of 50,000 new affordable homes by 2021.
“Increasing the supply of affordable homes is a key SNP commitment and plays a vital role in helping to tackle poverty and inequality in the region.
"Committing funding until the end of this parliament will help ensure that Scotland leads the way in building homes that are high-quality, efficient and affordable, and will strengthen our house-building sector and the estimated 14,000 jobs that the affordable housing supply programme supports each year.
“The SNP believes that everyone in Scotland deserves a warm, affordable home and with a huge number of affordable homes approved last year, we are making great progress towards that aim.”