Nearly 2,000 new affordable homes built in last decade

Derek Mackay MSP has welcomed Scottish Government figures which show nearly 2,000 new affordable homes have been built in Renfrewshire over the last decade.

Since the SNP came to power in 2007, 1,877 new affordable homes, including 1,583 for social rent, have been delivered locally.

The figures are part of a £3.3 billion policy to deliver 50,000 new affordable homes across Scotland by 2021.

Welcoming the figures, Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay said:

“Everyone deserves a safe, warm affordable home.

“For too long new social housing was not being built in Renfrewshire, which is why we found ourselves in the position of long waiting lists and families living in unacceptable overcrowded conditions. The situation was ignored by Labour Councillors and Labour Governments.

“The fact they only built six council houses in the whole of Scotland during their last term in office shows how seriously Labour took the situation. We have built more in one street.

“These Scottish Government figures show the priority the SNP has put on delivering new modern social housing and affordable homes in Scotland and Renfrewshire.

“I have been delighted to see first hand the new homes which have been built in Erskine, Renfrew and Gallowhill in my constituency, with more currently being built in Bishopton. “We are on target to deliver 50,000 across Scotland by 2021, and I look forward to continuing to play my part within the Scottish Government and as local MSP.”

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