Saturday, 24 March 2018 07:06


The SNP continues to deliver for Scotland’s islands – with substantially more new homes built in government than under previous Labour/Lib Dem administrations.

New figures show significant progress in the number of new council houses developed in Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.
The SNP’s record on housebuilding dwarfs the achievements of the last Labour/Lib Dem executive who built only six new council houses during their term in office – all of these located in Shetland.
In government, the SNP has built 36 times more council houses for the Northern and Western Isles than Labour and the Lib Dems, with more than twice the number of housing association homes built and an 82.5% increase in new homes being built overall.
Commenting on the figures, Highlands and Islands MSP Maree Todd said:
“The SNP in government is delivering more and more affordable homes across the country than ever before – ensuring Scotland’s islands are attractive places to live, work and raise families.
“Historically, a lack of decent, affordable housing might have forced people to leave their communities not out of choice, but necessity. But we’ve prioritised rural Scotland and the islands to ensure provision of new homes, better infrastructure and improved local services.
“Labour and the Lib Dems have embarrassingly little to show for their time in office – they let down Scotland’s islands badly.
“But since 2007 the SNP has ended the right to buy for council properties, recognising the value of preserving homes for social rent, and we’ve built hundreds of new council houses in Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.
“Through our £5 million Islands Housing Fund, we’ll deliver even more new homes in these communities as part of our commitment to build at least 50,000 affordable homes across Scotland by 2021.
“The SNP is, quite literally, building for the future – and Scotland’s islands are at the very heart of that ambition.”

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