Allia’s charitable bond programme for Scotland tops £50 million

Latest investment to provide 82 new affordable homes in Glasgow

Allia has issued its ninth bond for Scotland, taking the total invested by Scottish Government in Allia bonds to over £54m. The latest bond will enable 82 affordable homes for social rent to be built in Govan, South Glasgow.

Allia is working with the Scottish Government to provide unsecured loans for housing associations to support the development of affordable housing across Scotland. The loans made to date through the Scottish charitable bond programme are expected to provide 743 new affordable homes.

Scottish Government’s investment of £6.8 million in the latest bond issue has provided a loan to Elderpark Housing Association of £5 million, which will support the building of a mix of houses and flats in South Glasgow for social rent.

The remaining £1.8 million will be given as a charitable donation to housing associations for the construction of social housing. These funds will be earned back in interest on the loan to Elderpark, enabling the Government’s investment in the bonds to be repaid after ten years.

Announcing the investment during a visit to the site in Nethan Street, Govan, Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said:

Charitable bonds enable us to provide vital investment to social housing providers like Elderpark Housing Association. They are a crucial tool which has helped to develop 743 affordable homes across Scotland so far.

We are committed to delivering at least 50,000 affordable homes over the lifetime of this parliament – backed by more than £3 billion.  Access to quality housing is a vital part of our drive to secure economic growth, promote social justice, strengthen communities and tackle inequalities. These new homes in Govan mark another step on the road towards delivering that pledge.”

Councillor Maureen Burke, chair of Glasgow City Council’s Regeneration and the Economy Committee, said:

I am delighted by this announcement and for the people who will make their homes in these new flats and houses, and look forward to all the partners in this project contributing to another landmark in new housing and regeneration for Govan.”

Gary Dalziel, Chief Executive, Elderpark Housing Association, said:

Elderpark Housing Association is about to undertake a significant development project and has secured loan finance through the innovative charitable bond model delivered in partnership between the Scottish Government and Allia.

By using this model it has ensured that the funding was both immediately accessible and provided at a competitive rate which will ensure we can provide further 82 high quality and much needed new homes in the Greater Govan area.”

Phil Caroe, Director of Impact Finance, Allia, said:

The Scottish Government’s partnership with Allia is helping to accelerate the development of affordable housing across Scotland. We’re delighted to support Elderpark in providing more homes for social rent in South Glasgow, and we’re looking forward to making further investments into new affordable homes by the end of the financial year.”


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About Allia Impact Finance
Allia Impact Finance is a pioneer in creating finance funding mechanisms to help finance the growth of social ventures that aim to make a positive social or environmental impact.  Our firsts include Retail Charity Bonds for larger charities and Charitable Bonds to raise grant funding for charitable projects. Since 1999 and to this day we encourage a wide range of individuals, corporates, voluntary and public sector organisations to use their investment money for social good.

Allia Ltd also provides workspace and business support to social and environmental enterprises through its Future Business Centres. Offering a mix of affordable, high quality open plan workspace, workshops and office accommodation on flexible terms, Allia works with entrepreneurs and growing businesses, providing advice, events and networks to help them succeed and create positive impact on people, planet and place.

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