Edinburgh off target for delivery of affordable homes
In 2016 the SNP/Labour City of Edinburgh Council made a commitment to 16,000 new homes, which was then increased to 20,000 new homes when they reformed a coalition in 2017.
After the first two years since the pledge there have been 1109 affordable homes delivered in 2016/17 and 925 affordable homes delivered in 2017/18, a total of 2034 over the two years.
If the Labour/SNP Council want to keep on track for delivering affordable homes there would need to be 2,000 delivered each year, so they are currently only reaching half their target. On their current trajectory the 20,000 affordable homes will not be delivered until 2026.
Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative Lothian MSP, said:
“Affordable housing is a huge issue everywhere, but especially in Edinburgh where houses prices have been driven up because people want to live here.
“The SNP/ Labour Council made a very ambitious pledge to deliver 20,000 affordable homes between 2016 and 2026, but it is clear that they are way off reaching this target.
“Thousands of people in Edinburgh would like to own their home, but at the moment this is not a reality because property is not affordable for a lot of people.
“If the SNP/ Labour Council are serious about their commitment to 20,000 affordable homes they will have start delivering more than twice as many affordable homes each year.”