SNP pledges to build 100,000 new homes over ten years if re-elected to government

A massive house-building scheme which would see 100,000 new homes built in a decade, the vast majority for social rent, has been promised by the SNP as one of its major election manifesto commitments.

The party says its plan would generate investment of £16bn and support 14,000 jobs a year, making it the largest home building and investment programme since devolution.

A further promise would see a new single standard for housing quality, making sure homes are more energy efficient, spacious and better quality, and 70 per cent of the new houses would be for social rent.

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The announcement is due to be made by Nicola Sturgeon at the Cosla conference today.

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It comes after demands by housing charity Shelter for a “transformative affordable housing programme” for the next five years, with a target of delivering 53,000 affordable homes alongside a capital investment programme of £3.4 billion.

Nicola Sturgeon is expected to say: “In partnership with councils and social landlords, we have delivered nearly 100,000 affordable homes in our time in office – and if the SNP is re-elected, ramping up this ambition will be central to our plans.

“We will deliver a further 100,000 affordable homes over the next decade – with at least 70 per cent of these being for social rent.

The SNP has pledged to build 100,000 new homes in ten years if re-elected. Picture: Contributed

“We’ll back this major ambitious programme with £3.4 billion investment in the next parliamentary term. This target overall would support about £16 billion in total investment and up to 14,000 jobs a year.

“That is a huge investment in jobs, in homes and in better communities – a down-payment on Scotland’s economic recovery.”

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