Housing can make a substantial contribution to economic growth, prosperity, education, health and wellbeing and social care. Councils have a key role in assessing the need for affordable housing in their areas and planning to meet those needs. The Scottish Government will invest £3.3 billion to meet its target to deliver 50,000 affordable homes between 2016 and 2021, 35,000 of these will be for social rent. Councils, along with registered social landlords, are responsible for delivering much of this target. Both will also invest their own funding in addition to the Scottish Government.
This audit will report progress against the Scottish Government’s affordable housing target to date, consider what impact it has had and identify opportunities for improvement in delivering affordable housing in the longer term.