Aberdeen council chiefs are set to launch a £250 million project in a bid to build 2,000 council homes across the city.
At tomorrow’s council budget meeting, officials will be instructed to bring forward business cases for the delivery of the council houses.
Aberdeen City Council co-leader Jenny Laing, of Aberdeen Labour, said: “We made a promise to deliver 2,000 council houses to tackle the chronic shortages in affordable accommodation and we will not deviate from that pledge.
“Because of Nicola Sturgeon’s savage cuts to council budgets we have been forced to be innovative in our thinking. Local authorities all over Scotland are having to abandon major infrastructure projects because of the £1 billion wiped from the local government settlement over the past five years. The shortage in council housing is one of the biggest scandals in Scotland.”
Councillor Douglas Lumsden, the city council’s Conservative co-leader, said: “I am proud that this £250m commitment will provide new one- two- three- and four-bedroom homes right across Aberdeen.”
Meanwhile, SNP group leader councillor Stephen Flynn said: “I want to see council houses built in our city but this sort of announcement, which offers absolutely no detail as to risk or deliverability, has all the hallmarks of this administration’s past failings.”
A Scottish Government spokeswoman said it was on course to deliver at least 50,000 affordable homes in the country.
She said: “These claims are completely false. The fact is there have been no cuts in the 2018-19 local government finance settlement. Aberdeen City Council will receive more than £354m in 2018-19, £3.9m more than in 2017-18, which includes an additional £8.7m from the 85% funding floor introduced by the Scottish Government.”