The SNP is committed to deliver 100,000 affordable homes in Scotland by 2032 – if re-elected in May. The Housing to 2040 plan will create 14,000 jobs and invest £16billion in housing infrastructure across Scotland, including in Dumfries and Galloway.

Key plans from the scheme include:

• delivering 100,000 more affordable homes by 2032, with at least 70% of these being for social rent.
• setting a single set of standards for housing quality and accessibility
• establishing a new fund to help local authorities bring empty homes back into residential use.
• ending homelessness and rough sleeping once and for all
• decarbonising heating in all homes in line with Scotland’s climate ambitions

South Scotland SNP MSP Emma Harper has welcomed that that the SNP Scottish Government has committed to delivering 100,000 affordable homes over the next decade.

Ms Harper said that it is extremely ambitious and clearly shows dedication to delivering for families and communities across Scotland, including here in Dumfries and Galloway where 4,484 homes have been built.

This ambition was set out in the Scottish Government’s new Housing to 2040 Strategy. This policy is Scotland’s first long term housing strategy.

Commenting, Ms Harper said:

“The SNP government has already delivered almost 100,000 affordable homes since 2007, 4,484 here in Dumfries and Galloway alone. This is in contrast to the poor record of the last Labour-Lib Dem administration in Scotland – who famously built just six new council homes in their last four years in office.
“This election gives voters the chance to decide who should be in charge of Scotland’s COVID recovery – a Scottish Government with the interests of people here at heart, or a Tory government that we didn’t vote for, led by the likes of Boris Johnson.

“Only a vote for the SNP will enable us to build a fairer, more equal Scotland and continue delivering for communities in Dumfries and Galloway and across the country.”