First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will today set out that SNP MPs will push the UK Government to fund 100,000 affordable homes across the UK per year as part of the party’s opposition to austerity.
Stopping further cuts and increasing investment in housing will not only provide more affordable homes for those who need them – it will also support at least 6,500 jobs in the Scottish construction sector.
In government in Scotland, the SNP is on track to deliver our target of 30,000 affordable homes by the end of the next Parliament. More capital investment from the UK Government will not only help build more homes in Scotland – it will also boost funding across the UK.
SNP MPs at Westminster will also seek investment in transport infrastructure – calling for Scotland to be connected to HS2 as a priority – and more rapid roll out of superfast broadband and 4G across Scotland to enable wider and more affordable internet access across the country.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
“Making sure more people have the opportunity to live in high quality, affordable housing is such an important part of making life better for many across Scotland.
“Continued austerity from Labour or the Tories will continue to harm the economy and prevent the investment in housing that the whole of the UK requires.
“In Scotland we have shown that investment in affordable housing can keep costs down, create jobs and importantly help people to live better lives.
“With 24,000 affordable homes built by this SNP government so far, we are on track to meet our target to build 30,000 by the end of this Scottish Parliament.
“SNP MPs at Westminster will push for a funding boost for affordable housing from the UK Government to help build more homes – in Scotland and across the UK.
“Specifically, we will call for the UK Government to put in place a new target to build 100,000 affordable homes each and every year.
"This will help grow the Scottish house building industry supporting around 6,500 jobs, economic growth and much needed quality housing across the country - and will go help undo at least some of the damage of Westminster cuts to Scotland's capital budget.
“SNP MPs at Westminster will also seek investment in transport infrastructure, calling for Scotland to be connected to HS2 as a priority – and more rapid roll out of superfast broadband and 4G across Scotland to enable wider and more affordable internet access across the country.
“For as long as Scotland is part of the Westminster system, we have a shared interest in making it work for the better – for the many rather than the few. Securing further investment in and a target for affordable housing across the UK is another example of how we can bring about the change we seek.”