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Issues Paper on City Deals and Inclusive Growth

  This paper sets out the issues that researchers and policymakers will be confronted with when considering the parallels and possible links between the inclusive growth agenda and the deal-based decentralisation agenda (to sub-national entities). David Waite – David.Waite@glasgow.ac.uk Alan McGregor – Alan.McGregor@glasgow.ac.uk Des McNulty – Des.McNulty@glasgow.ac.uk The authors of this briefing note are members…

Gimme (a ‘standard’) Shelter

Ken Gibb is the Director of Policy Scotland & a Professor in Housing Economics at the University of Glasgow.  Showing their undoubted media abilities, Shelter today launched a new study describing a model of a living home standard (LHS). The standard is based on 39 attributes of essential and more ‘tradable’ attributes of five dimensions of…


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GROWING PUBLIC AND POLITICAL INTEREST IN URBAN LAND REFORM

Professor David Adams University of Glasgow   Eight months ago, Policy Scotland published six briefing papers on Urban Land Reform. A seventh followed shortly afterwards in response to the Scottish Government consultation on these issues. What’s has happened since? Well, there’s been significant public discussion, parliamentary debate and now proposals coming forward in political manifestos.…


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Journalism by hype: the anatomy of a house price crisis story

There is much excellent financial and economic journalism but there are some fields of inquiry that often come up short. Analysis of that British obsession, the housing market, is, sadly, one high-profile casualty. A recent piece in the Telegraph was a case in point. The headline declared “UK house prices to crash as global asset…

Commission on Local Tax reform

For the last few months Policy Scotland has been involved in the evidencing process associated with the Commission on Local Tax reform. We have also contributed to the Scottish Property Tax Reform Network who have a briefing  paper arguing the case for more effective property taxes at the heart of local tax reform. The CLTR is…

Council tax reform is long overdue – so how do we do it?

biketrouble/Flickr CC BY-NC-SA   Kenneth Gibb, Policy Scotland, University of Glasgow When the council tax was first introduced in 1993, it was viewed as a politically clever fix after the catastrophe of the poll tax. It combined the palatable parts of a tax on property with personal discounts and limited exemptions for certain groups, such as students.…

Urban Land Reform

URBAN LAND REFORM IN SCOTLAND – updated 03/11 – new Briefing Paper: response to Scottish Government Report to Sounding Board In May 2014, the Land Reform Review Group submitted its final report to the Scottish Government. The First Minister announced in November 2014 that the Government would consequently bring forward a Land Reform Bill, which…