27 July 2007

Stevenson Pleased at Focus on Affordable Housing

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson is very pleased that Scotland’s Government has set out its agenda for a new generation of affordable housing in Scotland. Minister for Communities Stewart Maxwell MSP outlined the Government’s intentions to maximise the number of new homes built across Scotland.

Mr Maxwell set out his vision at the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland's conference on the future of social housing. The Minister will shortly host a Housing Task Force to address land supply and planning issues before inviting contributions on the best way forward in the autumn.

Commenting Mr. Stevenson said;

"I am very pleased that the new Government has put affordable housing at the top of the agenda.

"One of the most common issues raised by my constituents is that there is a distinct housing shortage which needs to be addressed. Young people in particular are finding it increasingly difficult to get on the property ladder.

"I welcome the Minister’s moves to open up dialogue on the issue, which will hopefully ensure that the towns in Banff & Buchan retain a young population who can afford to buy homes in the area.

"I welcome the Scottish Government’s proposals to put in place sustainable reforms which will ensure the projected future demand for affordable housing will be met."

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