Bedroom tax may save less than estimated as tenants move to the private sector

Research into the first five months of the implementation of the Social Rented Sector Size Criterion underoccupation penalty, popularly known as the ‘Bedroom Tax’,  suggested ministers may have significantly overestimated the savings it is likely to generate. The analysis – which ran real data collected by four housing associations since April through a model used in 2012…

United Nations Mission on Housing September 5 2013

As part of her role as UN housing rapporteur, Prof Raquel Rolnik (University of Sao Paolo,) is carrying out a ‘mission’ to review housing in the UK. To do this she has visited England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. With her colleague Junana Sotamayor from the UN, she visited the University of Glasgow on Thursday September…


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The growing private rented sector – how well do we know it?

The rapid growth of the private rented sector (PRS) is changing the face of the housing market in the UK, but remains largely below the radar of major housing policy initiatives. Indeed, according to Nigel Sprigings, Urban Studies, University of Glasgow, it is often assumed that private rental ‘adds to housing supply’ when in fact it…

The Potential for Urban Land Reform in Scotland

Professor David Adams, University of Glasgow argues there is an urgent need for urban land reform, and specifically reform to tackle those ownership and valuation constraints that keep urban land vacant by impeding its redevelopment for productive use. Drawing on the property rights literature, Adams argues for innovative and radical responses to Scotland’s urban land problems,…


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Indicating housing

Professor Ken Gibb examine issues around house prices, income ratios and housing markets.