Housing policies for Scotland: challenges and changes

Duncan Maclennan and Tony O'Sullivan

A timely contribution to the debate on housing policy in Scotland started by the Scottish Government’s Firm Foundations paper.

Major changes in tenure over the last 25 years mean that two out of three people in Scotland are home-owners and half of social housing is provided by independent non-profit organisations. Despite these changes, longstanding challenges still remain to be met, and new challenges are emerging.

This study:

  • looks back over the past decade of Scottish housing policy and forward to the next;
  • provides an overview of housing outcomes in Scotland and how housing policy contributes to these;
  • identifies challenges arising from economic growth and globalisation trends;
  • looks in detail at the policy questions that are most pressing for the market sectors and social housing sector;
  • draws conclusions and recommends possibilities for change.