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scottish government

Scottish Government debate, Housing Supply. 30/09/14

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Speaking in the Scottish Parliament this week I highlighted the current housing position in Scotland stating there are; over 150,000 people on the council waiting lists in Scotland, 4,000 children in Scotland currently living in temporary accommodation, 36,000 homelessness applications to Scottish local authorities in 2013/14 and an estimated 65,000 households in Scotland living in overcrowded homes. In calling for a national plan he said this should set out a target in line with Shelter Scotland's assessment that we need to see at least 10,000 new homes for rent built each year for the next five years to begin to tackle the bag log across Scotland and highlighted specific cases from his own constituency. I believe the government in Scotland must begin to work with local councils and put local government at the heart of the delivery strategy and called for an audit of public land available for council house building in every area, an examination of the planning requirements to progress such development and a new relationship with private developers where social rented housing will be built in private sector developments where there is a housing need locally. I also highlighted that further capital funding would be available through new powers agreed for the Scottish Parliament but said we also need to examine new funding sources and singled out the local authority pension funds as a possible source of additional funding.The Scottish Council pension funds are currently valued at £24.1bn and using these funds would be both a good social and financial investment.