Scottish house building rate plunges

The number of new homes built in Scotland decreased by 18 per cent between 2007/08 and 2008/09, according to official figures.

The figures, published by the Scottish Government, reveal that 22,569 homes were built in Scotland in 2008/09, down from 27,590 in 2007/08.

The number of new private homes built plunged from 21,659 in 2007/08 to 16,471 in 2008/09.

But the number of new homes built by housing associations and local authorities rose from 4,125 in 2007/08 to 4,913 in 2008/09.

Deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "As these encouraging figures show, record Scottish Government investment is delivering much needed affordable homes and public sector home building is at the highest level since the mid 1990s."

Housing statistics for Scotland are available here

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