The Scottish Building Federation (SBF) warned of substantial job losses if funding was cut for the building of affordable housing in the Highlands. This came after the Highland Council announced last that Scottish government support over the next 2 years is set to be cut by nearly 50% from £32m down to £17.5m.
Affordable housing is essential for those who were unable to stop repossession as well as first time buyers and retirees. The SBF said the knock-on effect would be less contracts for construction teams and as a result, firms would fail to make ends meet and face ruin. The Highland Council had planned a home-building schedule of some 350 homes throughout 2011-2012 but with this now in doubt, the SBF have painted a grim picture for the outlook of local construction firms, local jobs and local prosperity.