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State of Scotland’s housing in decline under the SNP

Three-quarters of homes in Scotland have “some form of disrepair”, a substantial increase on the previous year, a report has revealed.

The Scottish Government published its analysis into the state of the country’s homes today.

The Scottish House Condition Survey also revealed 57 per cent of properties have “disrepair to critical elements”, a seven per cent rise.

Even the number of homes requiring urgent repairs increased in 2018 from 28 per cent to 30 per cent.

The Scottish Conservatives said the data showed the SNP government was failing to ensure existing properties were properly maintained, as well as not building enough new homes.

Scottish Conservative housing spokesman Graham Simpson said:

“The SNP is overseeing a housing crisis in Scotland.

“Not only do we not have enough homes generally, but the housing we do have is simply not of a high enough standard, and things are getting worse.

“The SNP has been in charge of housing for almost 13 years, and has to take full responsibility for this decline in standards.

“The nationalists like to talk a good game on poverty and living conditions but, like everything else, they completely fail to deliver in practice.”

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Notes to editors:

 

The full report is here:

https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/documents/govscot/publications/statistics/2020/01/scottish-house-condition-survey-2018-key-findings/documents/scottish-house-condition-survey-2018-key-findings/scottish-house-condition-survey-2018-key-findings/govscot%3Adocument/scottish-house-condition-survey-2018-key-findings.pdf

 

It shows the following percentages of homes in disrepair:

 

2018 – 75 per cent

2017 – 68 per cent

2016 – 68 per cent

2015 – 73 per cent

2014 – 73 per cent

 

The following number of homes have disrepair to “critical elements”:

 

2018 – 57 per cent

2017 – 50 per cent

2016 – 48 per cent

2015 – 52 per cent

2014 – 53 per cent

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