The SNP keep missing housing targets. Scotland has long been facing a housing shortage, but the SNP have consistently failed to achieve their housing targets. They promised to build 50,000 affordable homes over the course of the previous Parliament but delivered fewer than 40,000.
The Scottish Conservatives would set the most ambitious housebuilding targets of any party in Scotland backed by the right investment, with a target to deliver 60,000 new affordable homes across this Parliament, two thirds of which would be new social housing. We believe that, across all sectors, housebuilding should increase to 25,000 per year within the next five years.
Supporting rural homes. To support building and renovations in remote and rural areas of Scotland, we would also invest £50 million through the Rural Housing Fund.
Fighting fuel poverty and tackling energy efficiency. More than a fifth emissions come from buildings so ensuring existing homes are energy efficient is key to meeting our net zero target. The Scottish Conservatives amended the Fuel Poverty Act to ensure all fuel-poor households are supported to reach EPC C by 2030. At the last election we also proposed investing £2.5 billion over the parliament to help homeowners to renovate their properties.
The taxes on the buying and selling of property in Scotland are among the highest in the world. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to own their own home, and this ambition should be supported by our tax system, so we would permanently increase the threshold for paying LBTT to £250,000.
We would build whole communities, not just houses. We would deliver proper town planning and the services that people depend on, ensuring that new housing is not a burden on those who already live in an area. This means working with councils to ensure appropriate investment in local infrastructure, including shops, parks, roads and schools.
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