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Private Sector Rent Written Answer, 26/11/14 [S]

During Portfolio Question Time on 26 November 2014 Drew Smith (Lab) asked the Scottish Government what action it is taking to tackle high rents in the private sector.

The Minister for Housing and Welfare, Margaret Burgess, replied that rents in the private sector reflect conditions in local housing markets, and rent levels vary widely across Scotland. Where rents are high, the answer is to build more houses, and we have taken decisive action on that. We have boosted housing supply budgets by investing £1.7 billion in affordable housing over this parliamentary session and, only this month, we announced a £200 million increase in funding to stimulate Scotlandís housing industry. We are also working with Homes for Scotland to attract new sources of investment to build more homes for private rent.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 26 November 2014 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 26 November 2014