Hume: SNP misses target for socially-rented houses yet again

Scottish Liberal Democrat housing spokesman Jim Hume MSP has slammed the SNP as new figures published today show it has yet again failed to meet its election promise of delivering 6,000 socially-rented houses each year.

As the Housing Minister today claimed the government has exceeded its target of building 30,000 affordable homes, Mr Hume highlighted by moving its own goal posts, the SNP has cost thousands of Scottish families a home.

The SNP pledged in its 2011 election manifesto that it would ‘build over 6,000 new socially-rented houses each year’, a total of 30,000 over the course of the current parliamentary session.

The figures published today show they only managed to build 3,900 socially-rented homes last year and that only 3,653 new build homes were completed between April and June 2015, a 22% drop in comparison to the same period last year.

Commenting on the spin, Mr Hume said:

“The rate that socially-rented homes are being completed is so slow you’d think the SNP were in denial about the housing crisis in Scotland.

“In the SNP’s 2011 election manifesto there was a pledge to ‘build over 6,000 new socially-rented houses each year’. They have fallen short of this target every single year of this parliament and the statistics published today confirm they only managed to build 3,900 in the last 12 months.

“Ministers and the Scottish Government cannot keep giving themselves a pat on the back and claiming they’ve reached their target of 30,000 affordable homes. They haven’t. They’ve moved their own goal posts to cover their tracks and their claim that they’ve met the target is a cheap sleight of hand that has cost thousands of families a home.”

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