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Paul Farrell on the West Whitlawburn housing co-operative
Paul Farrell, Director of the West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative, speaks at the Housekeeping Scotland Convention 08.10.17 on the story of West Whitlawburn and why he believes co-ops is the way forward for housing in Scotland.
Chris Cook: Homes for Scotland...without breaking the bank
Chris Cook, senior research fellow at the institute of security & resilience studies at the University College London and part of the Nordic Enterprise Trust in Linlithgow, speaks at Common Weal's Housekeeping Scotland Convention 07.10.2017 on alternative finance and housing.
Report - Scotland's National Bank: Central Banking in an independent Scotland
Paper explores development of Central Bank function over its history and its more interventionist role since the financial crisis
AN independent Scotland could establish a Central Bank with a stakeholder model of governance involving people from trade unions, industry, civic society and more.
The proposal is one of a number of ideas in a new paper for the White Paper Project, Common Weal’s development of a new case for Scottish independence, on a Scottish Central Bank.
Richard Murphy: How tax created housing inequality and what to do about it
Tax economist Professor Richard Murphy spoke at Common Weal’s Housekeeping Scotland Convention on 8 October about tax and housing inequality. Watch the video of his speech, and read the notes the speech was based on below (first published on Richard’s blog Tax Research UK)
Homes for Scotland’s anti-social housebuilding agenda “out of touch with reality”
Property developer model caused the housing crisis and can't fix it
THE anti-social housebuilding agenda of the property developer lobby is “out of touch with reality” and must be “rejected outright” by the Scottish Government, the Common Weal think-tank has argued.
Nicola Barclay, chief executive of property developer lobby group Homes for Scotland, commented in the Times that social housing "will not solve Scotland's housing crisis".
Energy Strategy Consultation: Common Weal submission
Common Weal’s submission backed the idea of a national energy company and called for it to control the energy supplied under new schemes
COMMON WEAL has published its paper towards the Scottish Government’s draft energy strategy consultation, originally submitted in May.
New subsidy for the building of private rented housing “a step in the wrong direction”
New scheme not aimed at affordable housing and increases subsidies for already over-subsidised private landlords
A NEW Scottish Government subsidy announced today to guarantee income for developers in the building of private rented sector housing is a backwards step which will accelerate privatisation in the rental market and increase unaffordability for tenants, the Common Weal think-tank has argued.
Malcolm Fraser: A Programme for Housing Renewal
Architect Malcolm Fraser spoke at the Housekeeping Scoland convention in Glasgow on Saturday 7 October on a programme for housing renewal. Watch the video of his speech below , and read the piece below based on that speech, fleshing out the case for tackling the “overlapping omni-crises” in housing