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Affordable Housing Supply Programme

The Affordable Housing Supply Programme (AHSP) comprises a range of funding mechanisms to enable affordable housing providers to deliver homes for social rent, mid-market rent, and low cost home ownership in communities across Scotland to support local authorities’ Local Housing Strategies.

We were on track to meet our target of delivering 50,000 affordable homes over the last Parliament before the pandemic required all non-essential construction to be paused. 

The delivery of the remaining homes will be dependent on the speed at which homes can be completed by our delivery partners during the continuing COVID-19 challenges, as well as the challenges presented by the availability of materials and skilled labour.

We are committed to delivering 110,000 affordable homes by 2032 of which at least 70% will be available for social rent and 10% will be in our remote, rural and island communities, once the previous 50,000 affordable homes target has been met.

Affordable Housing Supply Programme (AHSP) budget

We will invest £3.6 billion in affordable housing in this Parliamentary term (2021-2022 to 2025-2026), to deliver more social and affordable homes, continuing to ensure the right homes in the right places. A total of  £831.615 million is available this year as follows:

AHSP Budget  2021-2022

£m

More Homes Grant

675.370

TMDF Grant*

92.245

Total Capital Grant

767.615

Financial Transactions

64.000

Total

£831.615

*Transfer of Management of Development Funding, applicable to the City of Edinburgh and Glasgow City Councils.

Resource Planning Assumptions (RPAs) for 2021-2022 to 2025-2026

Council areas across Scotland are to share more than £3.2 billion in grant funding over five years to deliver more affordable homes.

The Scottish Government has allocated Resource Planning Assumptions for the full five-year period of this current parliament to  provide the certainty and assurance that the housing sector needs to deliver the ambitious affordable homes target set out in Housing to 2040.

Guidance for councils and registered social landlords

Our current and archived guidance gathers publications by calendar year.

Affordable Housing Investment Benchmarks Working Group

A review of Affordable Housing Investment Benchmarks was undertaken between March and June 2021. The review was carried out by a cross-sector working group of officials and was jointly chaired by the Scottish Government and COSLA. Following consideration of the final report on the work of the group, the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government has advised the working group of her decision on the outcome.

Affordable Housing Supply Programme out-turn reports and data

Housing statistics

Official figures on the AHSP and other housing statistics  and quarterly update summary tables  from Housing Statistics for Scotland. 

Housing Tender Return and Scottish Social Housing Tender Price Index

The Scottish Social Housing Tender Price Index measures the movement in construction costs of social housing in Scotland.  The index is based on analysing the construction costs in accepted tenders for affordable housing.  Grant recipients provide tender information through the Housing Tender Return.  

The Scottish Social Housing Tender Price Index Quarterly Briefing and Housing Tender Return are updated quarterly and are available within our Affordable Housing Supply Programme process and procedures guidance page.

Offsite construction and the Affordable Housing Supply Programme

This offsite construction advice, which will be of interest to councils, registered social landlords, designers, housebuilders and others involved in the delivery of new affordable homes in Scotland, outlines the direction of travel on issues such as zero emissions, offsite construction, supply chains, delivery and procurement ahead of the publication of a strategy to build more net zero homes through greater use of offsite construction.