TheHomesWeNeed250Scotland faces a massive crisis in the availability, the cost and the quality of our housing. There were more than 150,000 people on local authority housing waiting lists across Scotland in 2015, a level over 30% higher than in 2004. Yet the social housing stock has declined.

Shelter has estimated that we need to build at least 12,000 affordable houses each year to meet current and future need.
UNISON Scotland believes that housing has been left to the market for too long. The market has failed to deliver. The private owned and private rented sectors cannot address the shortage.

This housing crisis requires a massive programme of social housing investment from the public sector. In our policy paper Making Homes for a Fairer Scotland we outlined a new housing programme for Scotland and we have showed how this could be funded, using some of the assets represented by public sector pension funds in our document Funding and Building the Homes Scotland Needs.

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Council Connections 15 – May 2016

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Local Government Reform While we await the new Scottish Government’s legislative programme, it seems clear that local government is in ...
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No more excuses – time to address Scotland’s housing crisis.

Mark Ferguson
#STUC16 The STUC will press the incoming Scottish Government to back Shelter Scotland’s campaign for a radical programme to build ...
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MSP e-briefing: Local Government Budget – Feb 2016

MSP e-briefing: Local Government Budget - Feb 2016 Cuts to Local Government are Unsustainable Public expenditure in Scotland faces year-on-year ...
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MSP e-brief Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill Stage 1 debate

MSP e-brief Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill Stage 1 debate
UNISON Scotland believes that housing has been left to the market for too long. The market has failed to deliver ...
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Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill

Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill
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