Sturgeon sets out Scotland’s housing and infrastructure priorities

The Scottish government has set out its immediate priorities for housing and infrastructure in its 2015-2016 programme for government. First minister Nicola Sturgeon outlined the programme in a speech to the Scottish Parliament.

On infrastructure the programme includes:

  • Delivery of major infrastructure projects, including the Queensferry Crossing and Borders Rail
  • Publication of a new infrastructure investment plan, setting out plans for a decade ahead and beyond.

On housing the programme includes:

  • Continuing investment in affordable homes, exceeding the target of 30,000 to be delivered by the end of this parliament
  • Establishing a rural housing fund
  • Extending the Help To Buy initiative, with an additional £195m over the next three years.

The programme also confirms the Scottish government’s plans for the “earliest possible abolition” of the bedroom tax in Scotland.

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