For some time the suggestion that the house building sector in the islands was under severe financial pressure has been circulating and as I pointed out in April, the impact of 2% cuts was bound to be felt somewhere.
What is dispiriting is the total inability of the current Government to make a coherent argument about efficiencies, preferring to try to match oranges and apples and claim an increase in orangeness as a result.
Having studied public sector housing financing in the Western Isles for some years (and admittedly not being really clear about how the whole crazy system works) I can see through the misleading quote
This will see about 36 new affordable homes brought to the area, compared with the 33 which were approved in the last financial year.when the numbers referring to the houses actually delivered show a completely different picture.
Of course, the role of the Labour candidate as the leader of the charge might ring alarm bells with the public were it not for the fact that the SNP seem unable to refute his claims in any detail. The public deserve to know if the housing allocation has shrunk or grown, and the impact that this will actually have in the islands, and I will report the actual; outcome against the various claims in due course.
Anyone responsible for misleading claims will be pilloried, with full details of their 'misstatements', but in the meantime I am gathering together the various pronouncements they have made for later use.