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Na h-Eileanan an Iar MSP Alasdair Allan is hosting a housing roundtable in Stornoway on Monday (December 4) with Scottish Housing Minister Paul MacLennan and local housing sector stakeholders.

The meeting will focus on local progress on the Affordable Housing Programme and the Rural and Islands Housing Action Plan. There will also be an examination of the current factors affecting affordable housing delivery.

The Housing Minister will hear the island viewpoints from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Hebridean Housing Partnership, Tighean Innse Gall and local construction firms.

Commenting in advance of the meeting, Alasdair Allan said: “I hope Monday’s discussion will be productive, with the group aiming to identify actionable solutions to specific local issues which are arguably slowing the rate of progress. I hope the Western Isles are able to use to the full the very significant levels of Scottish Government funding on offer for affordable houses here.”

Dr Allan pointed out that the lack of access to affordable housing continues to be a key factor in the islands’ depopulation, particularly among young people and families.

He warned: “It is essential that we double down on efforts to make it easier for local working-aged people, in particular, to be able to continue living in the Western Isles, and making housing more affordable and more readily available all over our islands is fundamental to this.”