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Bid to reduce empty homes

Funding for a scheme to tackle Scotland’s empty homes has been extended until March 2014, Housing Minister Margaret Burgess has confirmed.

The Scottish Government funds the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership, which is run by the housing charity, Shelter Scotland.

The Partnership will receive an additional £55,000 to help local authorities work with home owners to bring their homes back into use for people who need them.

There are around 25,000 empty homes across Scotland that are classed as long-term empty located in urban, rural and island communities.

Speaking at the annual Scottish Empty Homes Conference, Mrs Burgess said:

“While building new affordable housing is a key priority, making best use of existing stock is also important.  Bringing empty homes back into use is a cost-effective way of increasing the supply of housing available to families across Scotland’s communities.”