Craig Hoy, a Conservative MSP for South Scotland, has slammed the SNP Government for failing to spend less than half of a £25 million fund to support rural housing projects.
Craig says SNP Ministers have once again let down rural communities in the Scottish Borders after only spending £11.3 million of the Rural Housing fund since it was launched in 2016-17.
He says the SNP Government must guarantee this funding will now be delivered at a far quicker pace to help communities in the Borders recover from the devastating effects of the pandemic.
Commenting, Craig said: “This is typical of the SNP Government. They announced this Rural Housing Fund to much fanfare but have failed miserably to deliver the funding required to support housing projects in the Scottish Borders.
“This funding has been released at a snail’s pace which simply isn’t good enough. As our communities in the Borders recover from the devastating effects of the pandemic. It is imperative that there is good quality housing in order to ensure people want to live and work here.
“SNP Ministers must guarantee that this funding will now be delivered at a far quicker pace than it has been so far, where any progress in recent years has been woefully slow.”