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SCOTTISH HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS ATTACK FAITH IN PRIVATE SECTOR

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Scottish housing association chiefs yesterday claimed the housing development agency Scottish Homes was showing a m...
Scottish housing association chiefs yesterday claimed the housing development agency Scottish Homes was showing a misplaced faith in the effectiveness of the private sector, the Herald reports (p5).

The criticism came after Scottish Homes had announced an increase of more than 50% from April in grants to private landlords and developers compared with figures a year ago. The rise for housing associations is 16%.

Scottish Homes Chief Executive Peter McKinlay said the agency's £372 million record investment programme for 1993-94 had the potential to create up to 8,700 new and improved houses and should generate £160m of new private investment.

Housing associations will still receive the lion's share with a total of £257m next year. But the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations said that the switch to the private sector was particularly marked in the inner city programme, with grant to associations static but grant to the private sector increased by 400%.
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