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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 March, 2005, 14:03 GMT
Affordable housing drive outlined
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The executive said it wants to meet demand
About 6,400 homes are to be built in Scotland as part of a three-year 1.2bn housing programme, the communities minister has said.

Malcolm Chisholm said the Scottish Executive was determined to make "a real impact" by providing affordable housing across the country.

Communities Scotland will liaise with councils and housing associations to target areas most in need.

This year's programme will cost 404m, the minister said.

The first year will see work start on 6,400 homes, of which 5,200 will be for rent.

Housing review

Mr Chisholm said the remaining 1,100 will be for low-cost home ownership by methods which include shared-equity schemes.

The three-year programme will see 21,500 new or improved homes being provided, mostly for rent, at a total cost of 1.2bn.

Communities Minister Malcolm Chisholm
Malcolm Chisholm pledged to help get people onto the property ladder

Mr Chisholm said he was confident the funding available would satisfy demand for affordable housing.

He said: "The 404m programme for the coming year follows the executive's review of what it would take to make a real impact on housing for thousands of households in Scotland who want a decent, warm and secure home.

"The investment in affordable housing will support the executive's commitment to growing the Scottish economy.

"Whether it is to help people own their home, probably for the first time, or to rent a home, this programme will allow Communities Scotland to deliver an increased package of quality housing across Scotland."

The minister said it was important to assist the many people in Scotland who wanted to take the first step on the property ladder.

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