Campaign against land banking kicks off as leading industry body denies its existence
Rise’s timely land banking campaign comes as Homes for Scotland hits back at critics
A NEW CAMPAIGN against land banking – when land is purchased and left derelict with the aim of future sale or development - was launched by socialist coalition party Rise (Respect, Independence, Socialism, Environmentalism) Scotland this week, coinciding with national industry representative Homes for Scotland describing the issue as a “myth”.
Robin McAlpine: It's time to end corporate interests' hold over food and housing
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says Scotland has the opportunity to transform its approach to food and housing
I’VE BEEN AT TWO important events in the last couple of weeks and each raised important questions about how we're living in Scotland – and what we should be doing.
One was the Scottish Food Summit, the other Common Weal's Good Housekeeping conference. Between them they paint a picture of Britain as a country which has got its priorities upside down.
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.
Highs and lows for Scottish Government budget according to campaign groups
CommonSpace rounds up reactions to Derek Mackay’s budget from outside the world of party politics
THURSDAY BROUGHT the announcement of the Scottish Government’s tax and spending plans for the next year from Finance Secretary Derek Mackay, and with it a mixed reaction from leading campaign groups and think tanks.
Living Rent Campaign: Scotland's housing is "killing people"
The Living Rent Campaign believes Scotland's housing crisis requires drastic changes to policy
A HOMELESSNESS CRISIS, unaffordable rent, squalid conditions, damp, leaks, drafts and mould. This is the state of housing in Scotland 2015, and the Living Rent campaign seeks to change it.