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Scottish govt to unveil new housing policy

Scottish ministers will today unveil new plans to tackle the effects of public spending cuts on the housing market.

The Housing Policy Reform document is intended to be the start of a “wide ranging discussion” about the country’s housing policy, the government said.

The paper will ask whether the government should focus its spending on those households in the lowest income groups, or continue to try and meet the ownership aspirations of low and middle-income groups.

The Scottish government handed some £75 million to councils since April 2009 to build thousands of council houses.

Ministers will also announce a 15-month pilot project to curb fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions by examining thermal imaging scans of homes.