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Housing debate

Housing minister Keith Brown told MSPs the Scottish government will deliver 30,000 affordable homes in the next five years.

Mr Brown was leading the debate focusing on housing pledges from the Scottish government's Draft Budget 2012-13 and Spending Review on 6 October 2011.

The housing budget is to fall from £268m to £155m in the next year, although there will be separate funding for 5,000 council homes.

The Scottish government has published its strategy and action plan for housing for the next decade, in Homes Fit for the 21st Century

Scottish Labour's infastructure and capital investment spokesperson Lewis Macdonald asked if the SNP government would honour its manifesto commitment in the 2011 election campaign to build over 6000 new socially-rented houses each year.

Mr Macdonald also said he had "tried in vain to get minsisters to confirm that commitment" and that "affordable housing had taken one of the biggest hits in the spending review".

Scottish Conservative communities and housing spokesman Alex Johnstone accused the government of being "bereft of ideas".

He suggested the planning system is "strangling developments" and recommended the minister try and free up the blockage.

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