COWDENBEATH MSP Annabelle Ewing said £95 million for affordable housing will help "tackle poverty and inequality in Fife".

That's the Kingdom's share of national funding of £1.75 billion, announced by the Scottish Government, which aims to give councils and housebuilders the opportunity to plan ahead with grant subsidies guaranteed until 2021.

Ms Ewing said: “The announcement that Fife will receive over £95m over the next three years provides the certainty that Fife and the sector needs to keep progressing and ensures we keep up the momentum to reach the Scottish Government’s target of 50,000 new affordable homes by 2021.

“Increasing the supply of affordable homes is a key SNP commitment and plays a vital role in helping to tackle poverty and inequality in Fife.

"Committing funding until the end of this parliament will help ensure that Scotland leads the way in building homes that are high-quality, efficient and affordable, and will strengthen our housebuilding sector and the estimated 14,000 jobs that the affordable housing supply programme supports each year.

“The SNP believes that everyone in Scotland deserves a warm, affordable home and with a huge number of affordable homes approved last year, we are making great progress towards that aim.”

Last week, the Times reported that the new SNP / Labour administration at Fife Council aims to build 3,500 affordable homes.