Call for Scotland to follow England

Building homes ‘would create 40,000 jobs’

housebuildingScotland’s housebuilding lobby group is urging the government to help kickstart construction which it believes would create 40,000 jobs.

Homes for Scotland says more than 100,000 jobs were created in England last year as result of a massive increase in home building and argues that Scotland could benefit if the same action is taken north of the border.

It is calling for home building levels in Scotland to return to pre-recession levels.

Philip Hogg, chief executive of Homes for Scotland, said: “Today’s English figures underline the positive impact which comes from the building of much needed homes.

“Research has also shown that every home built in Scotland supports over four jobs.”

He said home building levels are 40% below that of 2007,” exacerbating the housing pressures that are particularly affecting our young people and growing families, and which, unfortunately, show no sign of abating.”

Mr Hogg added: “This is why we are calling on the next Scottish Government to manage a return to at least pre-recession levels of building which would mean the delivery of at least 100,000 new homes by the end of the next parliamentary term based on an annual average growth rate of ten per cent.

“We believe this is an ambitious but achievable target and have already set out to politicians of all parties the action which needs to be taken to make it happen.”

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