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RISE IN AFFORDABLE AND SOCIAL RENT HOUSING IN PERTH & KINROSS WELCOMED

Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP has welcomed figures showing that since 2007, the Scottish Government has delivered 3,155 affordable homes here in Perth & Kinross, including 1,796 for social rent.

 She said:

“Ever since I was first elected in 1995, the availability of appropriate housing has been consistently one of the top issues raised with me by constituents. 

“One of the major causes of this problem was the sell-off of council housing introduced by the Tories in the eighties.  

“Not only did that legislation mean council houses were being sold off and so were no longer available for rent and that it was, of course, the most sought-after properties that were most likely to go, but it was also no longer economically viable for local authorities replace the ones that had been sold.

“And the building of council housing ground to a standstill.

“So much so that during the last Labour/Lib Dem administration, between 2003 and 2007, there were only six council houses built in the whole of Scotland!

“When the SNP came to power in 2007 we were determined to reverse that decline and it is a pledge that we are delivering on. 

“I am absolutely delighted to learn from my colleague Kevin Stewart MP, that since 2007, the Scottish Government has delivered 3,155 affordable homes here in Perth & Kinross, including 1,796 for social rent.

“That is a hugely important turnaround because the scale of the problem in Perth & Kinross had become so severe that special measures had to be introduced to freeze the further sale of council housing here ahead of other parts of the country.

“These figures really do underline the fact that the Scottish Government is delivering for Perth & Kinross and for the people in our communities who need it most.”

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, 63 Glasgow Road, Perth PH2 0PE  •  01738 620540   •   Website designed & hosted by Craig Mackay Design