Building affordable housing should be a key part of Scotland’s recovery out of the recession caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, a report has said.Housing and social research charities said new house building creates jobs, improves health and reduces poverty.

Their report said Scotland required 53,000 affordable homes to be delivered between 2021-26.Their construction would create about 200,000 jobs, boosting the economy by £2bn and raising £100m in tax revenues.

But the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) also pointed to the social benefits of increasing the provision of affordable housing which includes reducing child poverty and homelessness and improving physical and mental health.