The SNP claim of a new era of new council houses is "spinsville supreme", even for the one trick nats. Housebuilding mean forward planning (even councils need planning permission!) so the new homes being delivered by Mid and East Lothian Labour Councils are the result not of SNP policy but relaxations in borrowing controls introduced by Labour in Holyrood.
This is classic SNP sound “collectivist' but do little to be “collectivist”
Any extra cash for Councils is to be welcomed given the cuts we have had to face so far under SNP, but £25m over 3 years for the whole country is ”
Edinburgh will probably get around £2.5m over the three years. That will build around 25 homes, or, give us the ability to borrow about £25m and so build 250 homes but increase our debt in doing so. We need to build a minimum of 12,000 affordable homes in the next 10 years to meet demand
And what part of the Scottish budget is this £25m coming? There was no ‘line’ in the three year budget announced in November for this expenditure. And we have been repeatedly told that there s no more cash for Councils for other things. So who is losing out here. What new SNP cuts await us?
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