He also revealed plans to consult shortly on proposals to allow Councils to charge a Council Tax levy on Scotland’s 25,000 long-term empty homes.
Speaking during a Housing Debate in the Scottish Parliament, Housing Minister Keith Brown said:
"The key principle that underpins the Government’s Economic Strategy is delivering targeted capital investment to create and protect jobs and stimulate growth.
"Despite drastic cuts by the UK Government we are investing to help increase the supply of affordable homes, which remains one our top priorities. We our committed to delivering 30,000 affordable homes during this Parliament.
"It is a vital strand of our efforts to build a better and a fairer Scotland, addressing homelessness and affordability issues, and continuing to regenerate our most deprived neighbourhoods.
"Councils, housing associations and developers should be congratulated for rising to these challenges and using their creativity and innovation to deliver much needed affordable homes for Scotland.
"Empty homes are a wasted resource. That is why we aim to bring forward legislation next year to allow Councils to charge the levy from April 2013, helping to bring empty homes back into use and provide more revenue for Councils to use for affordable housing."
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