WEST Dunbartonshire is to get extra cash to help increase the number of affordable homes, the Scottish Government has announced.

The local authority will now get £7.65 million for 2017/18 as part of the government’s drive to “increase and accelerate housing supply”. West Dunbartonshire Council has been critical of the government giving better deals to encourage new affordable homes to housing associations as opposed to councils who kept their housing stock.

A total of £422m is being given to councils in the budget for affordable housing. Another £168m will go to national programmes such as support for first-time buyers and increasing rural and island housing.