Malcolm on affordable housing
Housing: Extra funding for affordable housing Malcolm Chisholm (Edinburgh North and Leith) (Lab): Will the cabinet secretary tell us approximately when announcements will be made about the £80 million that is being brought forward to next year? Will she also tell us whether the indicative housing allocations that were given to the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities on Monday contained any of that £80 million?

The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing (Nicola Sturgeon):
As I indicated in my original answer to David Whitton, whereas the accelerated funding in this financial year has been a separate pot of money that has been allocated to particular projects, the £80 million of accelerated funding for the next financial year will be mainstreamed into the affordable housing investment programme process and budget. The allocations that are given from the AHIP budget will include that £80 million of accelerated funding. As I said this morning, next year's AHIP budget will be record investment, partly because of our decision to accelerate funding.
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