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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Latest documents

UNISON Young Members Housing Guide 2014-15

Whether it's renting social housing, becoming a private tenant or buying your own home, entering the housing market for the ...
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Housing (Scotland) Bill

Housing (Scotland) Bill
The main issue for housing in Scotland remains the shortage of homes. In our document Funding and building the homes ...
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Making Homes for a Fairer Scotland

Making Homes for a Fairer Scotland
Housing is a key policy are for any country that aims to reduce poverty and inequality, and their long-term effects ...
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Funding and building the homes Scotland needs – Mar 2013

Funding And Building The Homes Scotland Needs - Mar 2013 A proposal by the union UNISON to develop a new stream of finance ...
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