I heard today of a project on my spiritual home of Iona to build 5 affordable homes on the manse glebe, a much better use of that land than at present
Only its not going to happen. Why? well the SNP government have decreed that all housing grant money, (the cash that builds new social housing), is to be given out at £73,000 per house no matter where they are being built in Scotland. In urban areas the benchmark cost of an affordable home is around £100,000. The price of building new social housing on Iona is nearer £200,000 because of the additional cost associated with building on a island as isolated as Iona. The housing association concerned just can't afford to build despite agreement from the church to let the land be used for that purpose.
This from a Government that claimed it would not centralise, would have a bias to the poor and the marginalised and support local people in setting and delivering local agendas.
This is just an injustice and should be challenged at the highest level.
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