The Scottish government has announced that up to £ 50million will be given to councils and social landlords to build housing infrastructure that will help deliver new homes across the country.
Over the next five years, grants from the Housing Infrastructure Fund will be used to build infrastructure to serve new housing developments and create new, stronger communities.
The first grant, worth almost £ 5million, was awarded to Fife Council to support the delivery of 8,000 new homes to Dunfermline as part of the City Deal for the Edinburgh and South region -est of Scotland.
This will be the second round of the fund, which has provided £ 48million in loans and grants since 2016, helping to deliver up to 12,000 new homes.
Scottish Housing Secretary Shona Robison said: “This funding enables local authorities and registered social landlords to build critical infrastructure that will unlock new real estate development sites, helping to accelerate the delivery of housing.
“It is only fitting that this fund is launched during Poverty Challenge Week, as housing can play a key role in the fight against poverty. We want everyone in Scotland to have warm, safe and affordable housing that meets their needs, and these grants will be crucial in helping us reach our goal of providing 110,000 affordable homes by 2032, building on our success in delivering more than 103,000 since 2007. “