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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-03697
Asked by: Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 13 October 2021 Registered interest

Question

To ask the Scottish Government how many affordable housing supply programme approvals that had an estimated completion date at tender stage now have a revised completion date in (a) 2020-21 and (b) 2021-22.

Current status: Answered by Shona Robison on 5 November 2021


Answer

Completions dates for housing projects change on a regular basis for a variety of reasons and overwrite previous estimated dates. We are therefore unable to advise on the exact number of approvals where completion dates have been revised.

Due to the pandemic, construction was paused for three months in 2020-21 followed by a phased re-opening of sites in compliance with COVID guidance and restrictions. That impact has now been compounded by the current difficulties with the rising cost of materials and shortages in supplies and labour.

As a result and, based on management information, at the end of 2020-21 there were 9,017 less affordable homes delivered than were originally estimated to be completed at the start of 2020-21 and the estimated completions for 2021-22 have decreased by 267 since the start of this financial year.