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.