Scotland’s local authorities could build an unlimited number of homes for social rent on a zero-subsidy basis under proposals outlined by the think tank Common Weal.
Published 5 May 2020
Campaigners are calling on the Scottish Government to support major changes to prevent tenants being “forced into poverty by sky-high rents” after a survey pointed towards huge public support for the action.
Published 11 April 2019
Scotland's "unworkable" Rent Pressure Zones should be urgently replaced with a system of "proper rent controls", according to a new report.
Published 20 February 2019
Political parties must reverse cuts to local authority budgets and understand the barriers which are preventing housing delivery if they are to fully address Scotland’s housing demand, according to Homes for Scotland.
Published 15 August 2018
Scotland’s short-term rental sector generates £723 million of economic activity every year, a new report has claimed.
Published 29 June 2018
A think-tank has urged the Scottish Government to end Help to Buy subsidies after it was revealed that three executives at housebuilder Persimmon were paid in excess of £100 million last year in a bonuses scheme linked to the policy.
Published 21 March 2018
Critics of the Scottish Help to Buy scheme have called for the policy to be scrapped after an investigation revealed just three high volume housebuilders have received around £189 million in subsidised mortgages between them.
Published 5 December 2017
A think-tank and advocacy group has called for a “complete overhaul” of the Scottish Government’s approach to housing after “damning” findings revealed that rising housing costs for the poorest Scots since devolution has become a key impediment to reducing poverty.
Published 1 December 2017
Concerns have been raised that more people could lose their homes after the cost of a typical two-bed private rental property rose by 4.4% in the last year.
Published 15 November 2017
After Homes for Scotland moved to clarify claims it was “anti social housing” for calling for a wider focus on housebuilding in Scotland, Ben Wray from think-tank Common Weal provides his own reaction.
Published 26 October 2017
Homes for Scotland’s view that a focus on affordable and social housing is exacerbating Scotland’s housing crisis and fails to grasp the commercial realities of development is “out of touch with reality” and must be “rejected outright” by the Scottish Government, according to a think-tank.
Published 24 October 2017
Housing minister Kevin Stewart has announced the launch of the UK’s first Rental Income Guarantee Scheme (RIGS) to support investment in private rented housing.
Published 12 October 2017
The private rented sector (PRS) has tripled in size since the advent of devolution and its reversal is a goal that Holyrood should “triumph not fear”, a new report has argued.
Published 10 October 2017
A group of 24 Scottish charities have come together to urge the UK government to stop the roll-out of the Universal Credit system in Scotland.
Published 31 August 2017
Scotland could tackle its housing crisis with a serious effort to repair and renew existing urban infrastructure, especially in town centres, according to one of the country’s leading architects.
Published 13 October 2016