Scottish Government reveals plans for 2016-17

Friday 09 September 2016

Last week Nicola Sturgeon unveiled her government’s plans for the coming year in the context of the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

Investment

In it the Scottish Government set out their plans for affordable housing and infrastructure within the context of a more competitive and inclusive economy which will “ensure Scotland can withstand economic shocks, sustain higher employment, and create better quality jobs and fairer work.”

The government has committed to investing more than £3 billion for affordable housing supply over the life of the Parliament and delivering at least 50,000 homes (35,000 of which will be for social rent). Working in partnership with local authorities and housing associations, they expect to invest more than £572 million this financial year in the affordable housing supply programme. Local authorities have been allocated a share of £406 million grant subsidy to deliver more affordable homes for 2016-17, over £100 million more than the previous year. The plans also reference expected growth in the shared equity programme.

Planning

A Planning Bill which will follow the recommendations of the recent independent planning review and with reference to Simplified Planning Zones will tackle restrictions and promote growth and investment and is promised early in the parliamentary session. Locations should be identified later this year. The government are also weighing in behind interim measures to modernise compulsory purchase orders in advance of legislation with the stated aim of bringing vacant and derelict land back into use as quickly as possible.

Energy

Regulation is expected in 2018 as part of Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) to deliver the government’s commitments on fuel poverty with the aim of improving the energy efficiency of building stock and reducing energy costs.

Broadband

The plans also include an ambitious commitment to deliver 100% superfast broadband coverage by 2021 to support connectivity and improve the productivity of businesses in remote and rural areas.

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