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£14m housing boost for North Ayrshire Council

MORE than £14 million has been allocated to North Ayrshire Council to build new homes following a request from Kenneth Gibson MSP.

The Scottish Government awarded £14.165 million to the authority for Resource Planning Assumptions (RPA) after the Cunninghame North MSP submitted a question.

The money will fund a range of affordable housing options, including 158 new council houses this year. RPAs provide councils with the financial certainty they need to implement plans to meet their housing priorities.

Over the next three years, 701 new council houses will be completed in North Ayrshire. To help deliver this, the Scottish Government will allocate a further £15.003 million in 2019/20 and £16.007 million in 2020/21.

Since the Scottish Government’s Council House Build Programme began in April 2009, with the aim of incentivising local authorities to build new homes, 244 new council houses have already been built in North Ayrshire.

This follows investment of £16.025 million from the government, an average grant of £65,676 per house.

Kenneth Gibson MSP said: “Everyone deserves to live in a modern, safe, warm, comfortable and affordable home. That principal is central to the SNP Government’s drive to make this country fairer and more prosperous; creating and sustaining jobs here in North Ayrshire and throughout Scotland.

“Prior to the SNP coming to office, council housing had long been neglected. Between 2003 and 2007, the Labour/Lib Dem Coalition built only six council houses in Scotland. All in Shetland!

“By comparison, across Scotland, the SNP Government met its target of building 30,000 affordable homes by 2016 early, in October 2015.”

Source: Ardrossan Herald