Page last updated at 08:40 GMT, Thursday, 25 June 2009 09:40 UK

'Positive' response to homes plea

Bricks being layed
Highland previously warned of a lack of funding to build new homes

A shortage of social rented housing and accommodation for homeless people in the Highlands is to be tackled jointly by the local council and government.

Highland Council said it would be working with the Scottish Government in an effort to ease the problems.

The move followed what the authority said was a "very positive" meeting with Housing Minister Alex Neil.

The projected need for new affordable housing units over the next 12 years in the Highlands averages at 784 per year.

Previously, the authority said it could not meet demands from the public for affordable homes because of a lack of government funding.

It said support for the provision of such properties was predicted to fall from £40m to an anticipated £26m in 2010-11.



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