SNP GOVERNMENT’S RECORD IN BUILDING NEW COUNCIL HOUSING ‘OUTSTANDING’ LAB/LIB RECORD ‘PITIFUL’
Official figures show that, despite the financial challenges of a decade of Westminster cuts, the SNP record of building new council housing compared to the Labour/Lib Dem Coalition that preceded it is our Labour is clear for all to see.
Said Patricia Gibson:
“Actions speak louder than words in politics and housing is an area where the SNP Government’s outstanding record of achievement is in sharp contrast to that of Labour and the Lib Dems who were in power before us.
“Over four long years between 2003 and 2007 the Lab/Lib Dem Coalition built a pitiful SIX council houses in Scotland. Despite coming into office just a few months before the financial crash, under the SNP Government 7,720 new council homes have been built in our first nine and a half years. As construction geared up, this was an average of 348 in the 2007-2011 parliament, 1,102 each year in the 2011-2016 parliament and 817 to December last year.
“Clearly housing is a priority for the SNP and we lead the UK on council house building and indeed affordable housing across the board. This is because we stand up for Scotland and Scotland is stronger with the SNP.”
The following table shows the most recent quarterly official statistics on local authority new build housing completions to end December 2016, published on 14 March 2017 and available at:
Number of Council Houses Built (units completed)
2003-04 - 0
2004-05 - 0
2005-06 - 0
2006-07 - 6
2007-08 - 28
2008-09 - 336
2009-10 - 413
2010-11 - 614
2011-12 - 1,114
2012-13 - 963
2013-14 - 1,140
2014-15 - 1,157
2015-16 - 1,138
2016-17 (to Dec) - 817
Source: Scottish Government Housing Statistics for Scotland, quarterly new build housing tables. Data provided by Local Authorities in NB1 Returns.
The next quarterly official release, covering local authority new build completions across the period from January to March 2017, is due to be published in June 2017.