Leonard : Labour would aim to build 12,000 social homes a year
Scottish Labour has today announced their plans to aim to build 12,000 social homes a year, under a government led by Richard Leonard.
The party argues the move would support almost 50,000 jobs in Scotland and help tackle poverty and inequality.
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard made the announcement on a visit to Parkhead Housing Association in Glasgow today.
Over the last 15 years, there has been a steady decline in the proportion of homes in Scotland available for social rent, and there are at least 170,000 households stuck on social housing waiting lists across Scotland.
During the current parliamentary term, the SNP government has averaged around 4,000 social sector home completions per year.
Labour’s proposals would roughly treble the amount of council and housing association homes being built each year - a move the party say is necessary to take the heat out of the private market and offer more choice to tenants.
In his speech, Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said that “A home should be a basic and fundamental human right. That’s why a Scottish Labour government would ensure access to a safe, secure, habitable, home by aiming to build at least 12,000 homes for social rent every year."
He continued: “Our society is deeply divided, with the richest one per cent in Scotland owning more personal wealth than the whole of the poorest fifty per cent. This is no time to tinker around the edges, not when so many people in Scotland are currently waiting for public housing."
“Scotland’s housing crisis is a key reason for deepening poverty in Scotland. People can’t access social homes so find themselves in the under regulated private rented sector. We have to address it urgently." he said.
“When Labour was last in power we built 61,000 homes for social rent in Scotland – we desperately need that kind of ambition again. Only a Labour government offering real and radical change in our economy would do that.”