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Hume urges Ministers to deliver on housing promises

June 24, 2014 12:23 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats have called on the Scottish Government toJim HumeJim Hume recommit to its original pledge to build 6,000 homes for social rent after the First Minister today highlighted funding for affordable homes.

Figures have shown that under the SNP, Scotland's social rented housing stock has fallen by 11,000 properties.

Mr Hume also highlighted how the broad shoulders of the UK enable Scotland to shape its own domestic agenda whilst sharing risk across the UK in the face of declining oil revenues.
Mr Hume said:

"Liberal Democrats in UK Government are building a stronger economy through schemes like help to buy which enable more people to get on in life. But if we are to build a fairer society for everyone the Scottish Government must deliver a balance between affordable housing and social rented housing.

"Under the SNP, Scotland's social rented housing stock has plummeted by 11,000 properties. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has said that SNP ministers need to build 10,000 new homes for social rent each year to tackle the housing crisis for good.

"The Scottish Government must use the powers it has to build homes and recommit to its original promise to build 6,000 homes for social rent."