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Investing in housing despite UK cuts

Targeted capital investment will boost the number of affordable homes in Scotland, protect jobs and stimulate economic growth, Housing Minister Keith Brown told MSPs today. He reaffirmed a commitment to deliver 30,000 completed affordable homes, by the end of this Parliament, backed by investment of £600 million. At least 20,000 will be for social rent. He also revealed plans to consult shortly on proposals to allow Councils to charge a Council Tax levy on Scotland's 25,000 long-term empty homes.

Speaking during a Housing Debate in the Scottish Parliament, Housing Minister Keith Brown said:

"The key principle that underpins the Government's Economic Strategy is delivering targeted capital investment to create and protect jobs and stimulate growth.

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