HOUSING MARKET POLICIES FOR CANADA: SHORT TERM MEASURES AND SYSTEM CHALLENGES

Duncan Maclennan and David Graham[1] 9th October, 2017 Email: Duncan.Maclennan@Glasgow.ac.uk Pressured Markets and Policy Measures: Canadian Responses. Shaping Futures: Canada in Context The University of Glasgow has recently led a major cross-national collaboration, Shaping Futures, that explored emerging issues in housing policy. The project involved the Universities of Glasgow, Toronto and New South Wales, along…


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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.…

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…

Commission on Housing and Wellbeing

Yesterday the final report from the Commission on Housing and Wellbeing that Shelter Scotland set up back in 2013 was launched. Chaired by the former Auditor General, Robert Black the Commission was established to look at the ways in which housing can and does impact on the wider wellbeing of Scotland’s people – including their…


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We are all risk managers: developing resilience in social housing

By Prof. Ken Gibb, Policy Scotland, University of Glasgow The social housing sector in Scotland confronts a wide array of external and internal risks, as well as the need to respond to and work with multiple stakeholders like their tenants, government, the regulator and lenders. Providers operate risk-based management practices to help them assess and…

Scottish Risk and Resilience Study of Housing Organisations asks: ‘What is 21st century social housing for’?

Scottish social housing faces multiple new risks and uncertainty but is focused on increasing its resilience, according to a new study. A report by the University of Glasgow’s Policy Scotland, in partnership with the Wheatley Group, found that non-market housing, primarily housing associations and council providers, are a bulwark against poverty, provide shelter and often…


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The return of the rentier?

By Prof. Ken Gibb, Policy Scotland, University of Glasgow I read Will Self’s thought-provoking piece on housing in the FT at the weekend (A rentier nation’s fading dreams of home). Home ownership has peaked and is now at a 25 year low; while, at the same time, this has been redistributed into the quickly growing…


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Helping the SME builder through Help to Buy

By Prof. Ken Gibb,  Policy Scotland, University of Glasgow A recurring theme in housing supply debates around the UK in recent times has been the need to shift the preponderance of new housing supply from the large volume house builders towards small and medium-sized builders. This was one of the features of the Lyons Review…