Common Weal Policy
Homes for Scotland’s anti-social housebuilding agenda “out of touch with reality”
Property developer model caused the housing crisis and can't fix it
THE anti-social housebuilding agenda of the property developer lobby is “out of touch with reality” and must be “rejected outright” by the Scottish Government, the Common Weal think-tank has argued.
Nicola Barclay, chief executive of property developer lobby group Homes for Scotland, commented in the Times that social housing "will not solve Scotland's housing crisis".
Energy Strategy Consultation: Common Weal submission
Common Weal’s submission backed the idea of a national energy company and called for it to control the energy supplied under new schemes
COMMON WEAL has published its paper towards the Scottish Government’s draft energy strategy consultation, originally submitted in May.
New subsidy for the building of private rented housing “a step in the wrong direction”
New scheme not aimed at affordable housing and increases subsidies for already over-subsidised private landlords
A NEW Scottish Government subsidy announced today to guarantee income for developers in the building of private rented sector housing is a backwards step which will accelerate privatisation in the rental market and increase unaffordability for tenants, the Common Weal think-tank has argued.
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.