Wednesday, 03 September 2014

Scotland special

Looking at how housing policy changes could shape Scotland’s future, as well as some of the more immediate issues facing the sector

Recipe for success

With a pinch of creativity Scottish social landlords can build houses without government help

Nurture the young

Young people in Scotland face increasing difficulty getting jobs and homes. We must stop them becoming a lost generation

A vision for the future

The Scottish Government has published its new housing strategy. Kicking off our regional special, Clare Harris cranks up the time machine to see whether the future’s bright. Illustration by Barry Downard

Banning the bailiffs

New laws in Scotland will make it harder for landlords to evict tenants. It’s familiar territory for Stirling Council, which outlawed evictions two years ago. Tony Cain, head of housing services, explains how it managed

The new time stretcher

A new exemption to the 20-year rule will allow Scotland’s social landlords to lease properties for longer, says Derek Hogg, partner at Harper Macleod

A home away from home

Refugees in Glasgow are taking their first step towards a settled life in Scotland thanks to a special partnership between the Scottish Refugee Council and local housing associations. Clare Harris explains how.

2012 goal can be met

Abolishing homelessness by 2012 is achievable - councils just need to strike the right balance, says John Mills

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