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The Scottish Government has outlined a 20-year strategy to deliver 100,000 affordable homes over the next decade.

‘Housing to 2040’ is Scotland’s first long-term housing strategy, recognising the importance of everyone having access to a safe and affordable home that meets their needs.

The strategy promises to deliver 100,000 more affordable homes by 2032, with at least 70% of these being up for social rent. This would support £16bn in total investment and create 14,000 jobs annually.

The plan also aims to establish a new fund to help local authorities bring empty homes back into residential use.

Other key objectives include:

  • Setting a single set of standards for housing quality and accessibility, no matter whether a home is owned or rented.
  • Tackling high rents in the private sector and supporting fair, accessible private and social rental sectors through a Rented Sector Strategy and Housing Bill.
  • Supporting housing development in rural and island areas, helping to prevent depopulation and enabling communities to thrive.

Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said:

“Housing to 2040 sets out a vision for what we want homes and communities to look and feel like for people regardless of their stage in life or where they live.

“We have already delivered almost 100,000 affordable homes since 2007, and before the pandemic we were on track to meet our target of 50,000 during this parliament. The pandemic interrupted the housing sector’s ability to hit this target, but we are committed to meeting it as soon as it is safe to do so. From there, we will start our new ambition to deliver a further 100,000 affordable homes by 2032.

“Our strategy shows how we will take this forward while tackling empty homes and poor housing, increasing energy efficiency and working to eradicate fuel poverty.”

Sally Thomas, Chief Executive of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), said:

“This is an ambitious 20-year housing strategy, and there is much to commend. It is SFHA’s ambition that everyone in Scotland has a safe, warm, energy efficient, affordable home, now and in the future, and the Scottish Government’s strategy could help to realise this.

“SFHA has long campaigned for an Affordable Housing Supply Programme commitment beyond one parliamentary term in order to tackle housing needs and to maintain progress, so we really welcome the priority to deliver 100,000 more affordable homes by 2032.”