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Glasgow social housing revamp ‘boosted Scottish economy by £2 billion’

Pollokshaws Road in Glasgow Photo: Nick Ponty/GHA/PA

Improvements to social housing in Glasgow has boosted Scotland’s economy by £2 billion, according to a report.

Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) has modernised more than 70,000 former council homes since 2003 and built thousands of new affordable houses and flats.

The Fraser of Allander Institute found the investment, believed to be the biggest of its kind in Europe, supported an average of 2,425 full-time jobs per year, as well as helping the Scottish economy.

Almost £1.6 billion has been spent during the upgrade programme Credit: GHA

GHA’s tenant chairwoman Bernadette Hewitt said: “The transformation of social housing in Glasgow has been a key element in the resurgence of this great city over the past 15 years.

“GHA’s massive modernisation, demolition and re-provisioning programme has changed not only the Glasgow skyline, it has ensured tens-of-thousands of families across the city are living in modern, warm, safe and fuel-efficient homes.”

Bernadette Hewitt Credit: Bill Fleming/GHA/PA

The paper found the property management group invested almost £1.6 billion during its upgrade programme more than 70,000 homes.

It has also spent £285 million in building new, affordable housing in the city; and almost £70 million on community infrastructure.

GHA built 2,485 new homes between 2003 and 2017 and another 957 under construction.

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Leader of Glasgow City Council Susan Aitken said: “These are hugely impressive figures and the contribution to the Glasgow economy by the GHA’s continued and sustained housing investment cannot be under-estimated.

“But it is what that investment has helped achieve, what has been delivered since the 2003 Housing Stock Transfer, which is truly momentous.

“It has been pivotal in the biggest physical transformations this city has experienced in the modern era, replacing substandard and derelict housing with modern, safe, warm homes.

“And it has improved the health and well-being of thousands of Glaswegians, revitalised communities, transformed lives and created sustainable job opportunities amongst many of our communities which need them most.”