New social housing, landlords, Falkirk Council

More than 1,800 additional social housing homes are planned across the Falkirk Council area

The new social housing homes will be developed over the next five years following a bid put forward to Scottish Government by Falkirk Council.

The £102m bid would see a mix of new homes built by Falkirk Council and other social landlords for their tenants, as well as ‘buying back’ former social housing properties.

Included in the bid are 613 new build homes and 450 ‘buybacks’ for Falkirk Council, with the remainder for other social landlords including Link, Paragon, Loretto, Weslo and other providers.

Funding for the homes will be predominantly from the Council’s Housing Investment Programme and other social landlords own financing, with approximately one-third from Scottish Government.

Councillor Gordon Hughes, spokesperson for Housing said: “Our plan will see hundreds of new homes built across many different locations in the area. More than 1000 will be built for Falkirk Council tenants and more than 700 for other registered social landlords.

“We’re optimistic that we will receive the full funding from Scottish Government and help improve our local communities with these properties.”

Social housing stats

 According to figures from Bunk, the total number of homes reaching the social rental sector has barely grown by just 0.07% since 2013. What’s more, the number of homes being rented in the social sector via local authorities has actually dropped by -5.29% since 2013 as councils offloaded the responsibility to private enterprises.

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