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Malcolm Fraser: A Programme for Housing Renewal
Architect Malcolm Fraser spoke at the Housekeeping Scoland convention in Glasgow on Saturday 7 October on a programme for housing renewal. Watch the video of his speech below , and read the piece below based on that speech, fleshing out the case for tackling the “overlapping omni-crises” in housing
Report - Alienating, insecure and unaffordable: Living in Scotland's Private Rented Sector
The private rented sector has tripled in size since the establishment of the Scottish Parliament
THE private rented sector continues to have an appalling record on housing security, affordability and quality, a Common Weal report analysing new data on the experience of households in Scotland has found.
The report, ‘Alienating, insecure and unaffordable: Living in Scotland’s Private Rented Sector’, can be read in full here.
On #ScottishHousingDay, 5 graphs which show why Scotland needs systemic housing transformation
Common Weal head of Policy Ben Wray look at key problems in housing in Scotland: low supply, high house prices, the rise of the private rented sector, vacant & disused land and the need for energy efficient homes
ON Scottish Housing Day, Common Weal Policy provide an analysis of Scotland’s housing situation in five graphs, which collectively reveal the need for deep, systemic transformation of our housing system – tinkering round the edges will not cut it.
Common Weal congratulate Scottish Government on plans for a Scottish National Investment Bank, but say “devil will be in the detail”
Common Weal has been campaigning for a investment bank for Scotland for 3 years
THE Common Weal has congratulated the Scottish Government on its announcement that it will begin an implementation plan on a Scottish National Investment Bank, but say "the devil is in the detail" as to how effective it will be.
Common Weal calls for a Scottish Statistics Agency
Economic data in Scotland is mixed at best
COMMON WEAL has called for the establishment of a Scottish Statistics Agency to improve economic data collection in Scotland, as part of its response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on economic data collection, which closed today.
To read Common Weal’s consultation submission in full click here.
Policy Briefing: Is Scotland making the most of renewable energy in the housing sector?
James Turner, a political activist and mature student at The University of Highlands and Islands studying Sustainable Development, continues his series of policy briefings on housing, looking at the crucial issue of energy policy in the housing sector, which has a major effect on tackling fuel poverty and climate change
Report: A Scottish Tax System - Imagining the Future
Richard Murphy argues for an independent Scotland’s tax policy to be effective a Scottish currency is needed from “day one”
AN independent Scotland can create a fair and effective tax system if it overhauls the UK approach to taxation, renowned tax expert Richard Murphy argues in a new paper for Common Weal, the most comprehensive of its type to date.
View from the North: Two community-led housing initiatives in the Hebrides
Shaz Morton and Andrew Prendergast provide the latest update from a series of Common Weal Skye events on community-led housing in the Highlands & Islands. They describe the key aspects of community-led housing and look at two initiatives that are putting the principles into practise
Analysis: Common Weal analysis of GERS reveals economic opportunities of independence
The Common Weal Think-tank analysis of GERS 2017 reveals the economic opportunities of Scottish independence
Modest estimates by Common Weal show that an independent Scotland could be better off to the tune of at least £7.5 billion in comparison to the figures in the GERS paper published today effectively cutting the deficit by over half.