Council welcome housing boost

Angus Council has welcomed the Scottish Government’s boost to new affordable house building in Scotland, which was announced on Monday.

The Scottish Government’s announcement will see an increase in the amount of grant which can be claimed by councils and Housing Associations to help with building affordable houses to rent.

Housing Associations can now claim between £58,000 and £72,000 per unit and councils between £46,000 and £50,000 per unit.

The Scottish Government also announced an additional £712,000 for Angus Council between 2012 and 2015, which will be used to develop additional affordable housing for a range of housing needs across the area.

Commenting on the new figures Councillor Donald Morrison, convener of neighbourhood services was delighted with the announcement.

He said: “This is fantastic news. The Scottish Government has listened to the housing movement and responded positively with both higher grant rates and more money.

“This will hopefully encourage greater numbers of affordable homes to be built and also provide a welcome boost to our construction industry.

”We will be getting in touch with all our housing association partners and asking them what difference this will make to their building plans as well as updating our building and financial plans to make the most of this announcement.”

Councillor Morrison concluded: “Only on Monday we launched our latest housing development of 26 family and adapted homes at Wirren Gardens in Montrose.

“By making the most of the opportunities for meeting housing needs of existing tenants and careful use of our allocations system we will secure between 80 and 100 housing outcomes making the money go as far as possible.”