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Local Tax Reform – What the Scottish Parties Propose

With the Scottish Parliament elections less than a week away, it is now clear what the parties’ proposals for reforming local taxation are.

All of the parties represented in the 2011-16 Holyrood Parliament, other than the Conservatives, signed up to a Commission on Local Tax Reform. 607 more words


Advice to the new President from the Mortgage Bankers Association

This is a good article. The MBA always has some thoughtful ideas:

MBA to the next president: Here are 3 ideas to save the housing market… 895 more words

Affordable Housing

Owning Housing in the UK: Snakes and Ladders or just Snakes?

One of my favourite ‘angry’ songs from the first Tom Robinson Band album (Power in the Darkness) was ‘I’m Alright, Jack’. The song always conveyed to me the sense of ‘pulling up the ladder’. 647 more words


Glasgow's rental market affordability challenges

In Scotland we have statutory housing strategies for each local authority. Even though it has no council housing, this is a big deal for Glasgow. The city has control over the distribution of capital grant funding to the housing association sector, remains a key landowner and rightly sees housing as central to the delivery of many of its wider corporate objectives. 1,026 more words


Senate plans new builds to house 100,000 people

The Senate Department for Urban Development and Environment wants to build between 15,000 and 20,000 new homes year on year, in order to house approximately 100,000 people, they announced on Friday. 432 more words

Housing Studies Association Conference, 2016 edition

Every year I endeavour to get a rapid response post out about the annual HSA event. This is my effort for 2016. Good to see old friends, network and just have space to reflect on what is going on in housing studies. 690 more words


The ONS Returns

After the reclassification of English housing associations in the Autumn of 2015 into ‘public non-financial corporations’, many in Scotland believed that it was likely that in due course ONS would decide to look at the other housing association sectors across the rest of the UK. 571 more words