MSP calls for greater support from SNP on house building

Richard Baker MSP.
Richard Baker MSP.

North-east MSP Richard Baker has called on the SNP Government to do more to support housing associations to build more homes in his constituency.

The call comes after a parliamentary answer received by Mr Baker shows a cut of almost £5 million in the housing association grant awarded in Aberdeen by the Scottish Government between 2010/11 and 2011/12.

The figures also reveal that there was a similar cut to the amount awarded in Aberdeenshire of over £3.5 million during the same time period. This revelation comes after it was revealed that house prices the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire have more than doubled in the last decade and with the cost of private renting in Aberdeen so high, this leaves many families reliant on social housing.

Richard Baker MSP said: “At a time when thousands of families are being added to our housing lists every year, it is astonishing that the SNP Government are reducing the funding given to housing associations here in the North East.

“These funds have already been cut in previous years and to reduce them even further is simply unacceptable. With a huge lack of social housing and thousands of families living in overcrowded accommodation, the quality of living for many is being hit hard. For many families here in the North East private accommodation is simply not an option given the huge cost of renting and our increasing house prices.

“The SNP Government need to invest more in social housing here in the North East and need to start providing our housing associations with the funds they need to get building again or for many families things will simply go from bad to worse.”