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
Halting the exodus: How a community-led housing movement is taking rural repopulation into its own hands
Andrew Prendergast, freelance housing activist in Skye, and Shaz Morton, Common Weal Skye co-ordinator, outline the acute housing crisis in rural Scotland and how recent events in Skye have shown a community-led housing movement is developing in the Highlands with innovative solutions to do something about it
'Talk, Think, Do': Common Weal Skye on Rural Housing
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COMMON WEAL SKYE is holding a regular series of events titled ‘Talk, Think, Do’. The aim is to give people the opportunity to engage, interact and respond to solution orientated discussion on relevant local matters. The ideas that emerge from the talks will be posted on the CommonSpace Policy Channel, as a much needed input of rural Highland voices into the national policy dimension.
Minister resists "one size fits all" policy solution in face of housing crisis concerns
Housing minister looks to private sector for collaboration despite delegate concerns
THE Scottish Government minister for housing has said that the government wants a focus on a range of building projects with the private sector rather than prioritise social housing.
Kevin Stewart MSP made the comments at a housing fringe event at the SNP’s conference in Glasgow, where an emphasis was made on collaboration with all providers in the social or private sector.
Report: Housekeeping Scotland - a new agenda for housing
A strategy for tackling the housing crisis in Scotland has to take seriously repairing and renewing our existing urban infrastructure, especially town centres, a leading Scottish architect has argued in a new report.
‘Housekeeping Scotland: A Discussion Paper outlining a New Agenda for Housing’ is authored by Malcolm Fraser, award-winning architect and chair and author of the Scottish Government’s 2013 Town Centre Review. It can be read in full here.
Fresh housing fears: Prospects for generation rent 'sobering'
Study urges more action on affordability housing as house prices soar
RESEARCH by Price Waterhouse Cooper Scotland (PwC) into housing affordability for the 20-39 year old age group has shown that buyers may have to save for as much as 19 years to buy their first home.
A report into the economic effect of Brexit on Scotland by the accountancy firm described the impact on housing as “sobering”.
Almost 5,000 Scottish children face Christmas without a home
Shelter urges housing help as 100,000 children across the UK face homelessness over festive period
SHELTER SCOTLAND has warned that 5,000 children in Scotland will spend Christmas homeless due to a shortage of affordable housing.
There are 626 more Scottish children homeless this Christmas than last - a rise of 15 per cent in just one year. Across the UK an estimated 100,000 children will spend the holiday period without permanent accommodation.
Generation Rent: Shelter calls for 12,000 new homes a year to tackle crisis
'Manifesto for Homes' campaign highlights housing needs ahead of Holyrood elections
A LACK of affordable housing is creating a 'generational gulf' which requires a massive housebuilding programme of 12,000 new homes by the government, a charity has said.
Shelter Scotland have published their survey results of 1,028 Scots, showing that over two-thirds of respondents feel it is harder to either buy or rent a home now than it was when their parents were young.
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