Housing funds welcomed

ANGUS is celebrating a festive boost to housing investment following the announcement of additional funding to help Angus Council and housing associations build new social housing for rent across the county.

The Scottish Government is providing an extra £588,000 of grant funding via its affordable housing supply programme, which takes the amount available to the council and its partners to £3.177 million for the next two years up to March 2015.

Councillor Donald Morrison, the council’s housing spokesman, said: “We can never receive enough money to build affordable housing and this will be a boost to those seeking new homes across Angus. It will enable us to continue our ambitious programme of building affordable and energy efficient homes, and will help reduce the pressure on our waiting list that bit more. It should also provide an important opportunity for the local construction industry to compete for the additional projects.”