The continuing uncertainty around Scottish Government investment in housing post-2021 is preventing the building of desperately needed affordable homes, according to the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations.
With the UK Budget set for 11th March, the Scottish Government has said it cannot produce its spending plans until after that and has acknowledged this will have ‘profound consequences’.
SFHA Chief Executive Sally Thomas said: “We accept these are exceptional circumstances but there remains a significant, and increasing, demand for social housing, with around 160,000 households on waiting lists. Clarity is vital to prevent an escalation of this crisis and we are seeking urgent talks with decision-makers to discuss.
“Good progress has been made with the current housing programme, but the lack of certainty on government investment from April of next year is already seeing housing associations suspend plans to build as, without support, some developments are not viable.
“There must be continuity to enable our members to build and maintain great homes, in great places, for the people of Scotland.”
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