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Latest housing statistics show impact of pausing construction due to pandemic

Statistics show show that between April to June 2020, 98% less social sector homes were completed compared to the same quarter in 2019.

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Commenting on the latest housing statistics released today (Tuesday 23 March) by the Scottish Government which show that between April to June 2020, 98% less social sector homes were completed compared to the same quarter in 2019, Stacey Dingwall, Senior Policy Manager, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) said: (1) 

“These latest statistics clearly show the impact of pausing construction due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

“Last week, the Scottish Government released its Housing to 2040 strategy which committed to completing the current Affordable Housing Supply Programme of 50,000 homes as well as to delivering 100,000 homes by 2032, and it’s vital that, no matter the outcome of May’s election, this is delivered. (2) 

“In order to continue tackling housing need, Scotland requires 53,000 affordable homes, including 37,100 for social rent, to be delivered during the next parliament (3). However, SFHA research has identified rising development costs, therefore, in order to be able to deliver these homes – and to the required quality standards, while keeping rents affordable – we must also see a commitment to investment rising in line with increasing costs. SFHA is currently working with the government and other stakeholders to ensure this is reflected in the funding committed to the next programme.”  

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For further information, please contact SFHA Communications Manager Kirsten Walker on m: 0788 788 8348 email: kwalker@sfha.co.uk  

 

Visit our website at www.sfha.co.uk  

 

Notes to editors:   

 

  1. SFHA is the national membership body for, and voice of, Scotland’s housing associations and co-operatives. 

 

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