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Holyrood praises home builds rise

New figures have revealed that the number of new government-funded affordable homes built in Scotland in 2009-10 rose to a 28-year high

A total of 5,846 homes were completed in the period, the highest level since 1981-82 and 2,609 more than three years ago. There was, however, a 35% drop in the number of private sector new homes finished in 2009 compared to 2008.

The number of new-build houses produced by the private sector almost halved in a three-year period - 21,324 were completed in 2006 but this had slumped to only 11,447 last year.

Scottish Government Housing and Communities Minister Alex Neil said: “It is encouraging that last year there was a record number of new affordable homes built in Scotland. Indeed, not since the early eighties have we witnessed such a surge in new affordable homes across the country.

“Unfortunately, the level of private new build completions has continued to fall sharply in comparison with previous years.”

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