Malcolm continues to press for more and better rentable housing in Edinburgh & Leith
Improving council housing in Edinburgh and Leith Malcolm Chisholm (Edinburgh North and Leith) (Lab):
I acknowledge the increase for Edinburgh, which has been achieved by bringing forward money from 2010-11. Will there be a corresponding reduction from the pre-announced indicative allocation for Edinburgh for 2010-11, or will the minister move speedily on to a new distribution formula that pays proper regard to the shortage of affordable housing as the key indicator?

The Minister for Housing and Communities (Alex Neil):

We will make the announcements on the allocations for that financial year at the appropriate time and once the final decisions are made. I should point out that, as I said in an earlier answer, our decision on the bids for the £25 million-worth of investment in council housing throughout Scotland will be announced in the next few weeks. Edinburgh, being an ambitious city with an ambitious council, has applied for only 40 per cent of the total Scottish funding.
March 19th 2009, (Column 16013)