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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 June, 2004, 05:58 GMT 06:58 UK
Ministers must find room for rent
The executive needs to find 331m extra for affordable housing
Housing chiefs have warned the Scottish Executive it must double the funding earmarked for affordable homes.

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) in Scotland said an extra 331m a year was needed to meet the demand for inexpensive housing to rent.

It said 8,200 homes each year were needed to satisfy the soaring need for affordable homes in Scotland.

It claims as many as 43% of first-time buyers cannot afford to buy on the open market in the current property boom.

'Tiny drop'

Director of CIH in Scotland Alan Ferguson said: "The executive needs to fund the building of nearly twice as many affordable homes to rent as it is currently committed to.

"We reckon this will cost an extra 331m a year, equivalent to about 40,000 per new home and 331m is a tiny drop for the executive budget of nearly 26bn."

Communities Minister Margaret Curran said the results of the executive's review of the affordable housing situation would be announced in the next few weeks.

She said: "The review is focusing on the housing needs of first-time buyers and key workers seeking home ownership as well as rented accommodation.

"We are also looking at a full range of policy responses that include finding ways of getting better value for money from public resources, low-cost home ownership options, possible changes to planning requirements and measures to address any constraints with regard to new housing developments."

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