Freezing through winter, but fighting back with the union: Scott's story
A resident of the Wyndford estate in Glasgow, Scott Carroll was cut off from central heating over the winter after a spell in hospital with pneumonia – but he’s now finding his feet with the tenants’ union
LAST month, Scott Carroll had to walk home in the rain from hospital with pneumonia, with no money for public transport.
When he got home to his flat in the Wyndford estate in Maryhill, he applied to the council for a crisis grant to get the heating turned back on.
Caught between Universal Credit and AirBNB: Suzy Cargill’s story
Suzy Cargill from Edinburgh’s experience at the sharp end of ‘welfare reform’ and the housing crisis has left her homeless, and considering moving away from a city she has no desire to leave
SUZY CARGILL, 46, a musician based in Leith, Edinburgh, got a call out of the blue on 10 January.
It was someone from the DWP. They said that her Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) payments were stopping immediately, as of that phone call.
“When she said that I froze - I didn’t think that could happen,” Suzy says.
New data revealing 1 Airbnb for every 48 Edinburgh residents sparks renewed calls for regulation on short-term lets
Edinburgh Council housing and economy convenor: “Short term lets are having a terrible impact. They’re hollowing out communities, both in the city centre and increasingly across Edinburgh.”
‘It’s only a ghost town when you look up’: How Dumfries town centre could thrive through re-population
Dumfries town centre was once a major source of housing: now just one man lives on the high street. But community activists have a plan to change that.
IN 2016, ITV ran a piece on Dumfries, situated on the south-west of Scotland close to the border, titled “Dumfries ‘close to becoming a ghost town’”.
Jean Paterson: Bring homes into high streets to bring town centres back to life
Contributing to our special week of coverage on Scotland’s towns and places, CommonSpace reader Jean Paterson (name changed) says town centres can be revitalised by become a mixture of living space and business in the same area. Want to give your view? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Podcast: Fighting for housing rights in Ireland
Dublin has the most severe housing crisis in Europe
COMMONSPACE editor Ben Wray spoke to North Dublin Bay Community Crisis housing activist Aisling Heddermann about the housing crisis in Dublin and Ireland and how the housing movement there is trying to fight for housing rights. Dublin has the least affordable housing of any city in Europe, with rents over 50 per cent of income. Ben and Aisling discussed:
0.50: The nature of the housing and homelessness crisis in Dublin and Ireland, and why it is so severe.
Timon Moss: Scotland has some catching up to do on community-led housing
Timon Moss, a housing researcher and planner, outlines his vision for a community-led housing model in Scotland, showing real-life examples from the rest of UK and further afield and highlighting legal impediments in Scotland to this model flourishing here