CUMNOCK and Doon Valley residents could get on the property ladder thanks to a new funding boost.

An additional £80 million over the next two years will help councils deliver affordable homes across Scotland.

The investment will mean local authorities will share a total of £1.3 billion between now and 2021.

This aims to help achieve the Scottish Government’s ambitious aim to deliver 50,000 affordable homes, with 35,000 available for social rent, by that date.

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said:“We believe that everyone should be able to live in a warm affordable home.

“Our investment and delivery of affordable housing is the biggest since devolution and I am determined to see it benefit communities across Scotland.

“This investment backs up our ambitions with financial certainty.

“We will continue to work in partnership with councils and housing associations to deliver quality homes to meet local needs.”