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SCOTLAND'S BIGGEST HOUSE BUILDING PROGRAMME APPROVED

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Glasgow City Council today approved an£80 million spending programme to build 1,650 new homes, in the biggest inve...
Glasgow City Council today approved an£80 million spending programme to build 1,650 new homes, in the biggest invetsment of its kind in Scotland.

The council, while no longer a landlord in its own right after the Housing Stock Transfer in 2003, has strategic responsibility for the provision of the service across the city, primarily through the allocation of funds to housing associations and other registered social landlords, as well as grants to owner-occupiers.

Today's decision, taken at a meeting of the housing development committee, will see:

-the construction of 600 homes to rent by the Glasgow Housing Association;

-the construction of 370 new homes by various other housing asociations across the city;

-the construction of 250 homes designed for people with special needs who require aids and adaptations;

-the provision of 380 homes for purchase under the Homestake programme;

-the provision of 50 homes to provide accommodation for men and women previously housed in hostels.

Council leader Steven Purcell said: 'This is the most significant investment of its kind in Scotland, and represents the single biggest announcement about housing since the Stock Transfer.

'This will help deliver what people were promised at that time - decent, affordable houses where they can be proud to live and work. It is also an investment that will allow our most vulnerable elderly people to remain in their own homes and be in addition to the personal care and support we provide through our social work services.'

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