Shelter Scotland reacts to announcement of affordable housing commitment in Scottish Budget

Posted 09 Dec 2021

Commenting on the Scottish Budget announcement, in which Cabinet Secretary for Finance Kate Forbes announced in her statement a commitment from the Scottish Government to progressing the Affordable Housing Supply Programme, our Director Alison Watson said:

“Social housing has a central role in everything from being a vehicle for delivering social justice, addressing the climate crisis, to upscaling digital connectivity and reducing child poverty. Before the budget we asked Kate Forbes for a guarantee that affordable housing need would be lower at the end of this Parliament by building the 38,100 social homes promised over the next five years. Today we welcome the extra investment for social house building and the restated commitment to the longer term 10-year goal in the Cabinet Secretary's Budget statement. Shelter Scotland and our supporters will continue to make the case for social house building to be faster, greener and fairer because the one in four people in Scotland living without a safe affordable home cannot afford to wait any longer."