Common Weal



Poll reveals ‘overwhelming support’ for rent controls across Scotland

Campaigners are calling on the Scottish Government to support major changes to prevent tenants being “forced into poverty by sky-high rents” after a survey pointed towards huge public support for the action.

Published 11 April 2019

Tenants call for 'unworkable' Rent Pressure Zones to be replaced with nationwide rent controls

Scotland's "unworkable" Rent Pressure Zones should be urgently replaced with a system of "proper rent controls", according to a new report.

Published 20 February 2019

Labour housing aim ‘welcome’ but holistic plan required

Political parties must reverse cuts to local authority budgets and understand the barriers which are preventing housing delivery if they are to fully address Scotland’s housing demand, according to Homes for Scotland.

Published 15 August 2018

New report highlights benefits of short-term rentals in Scotland

Scotland’s short-term rental sector generates £723 million of economic activity every year, a new report has claimed.

Published 29 June 2018

Call to end Help to Buy subsidies as three Persimmon executives share £100m bonus

A think-tank has urged the Scottish Government to end Help to Buy subsidies after it was revealed that three executives at housebuilder Persimmon were paid in excess of £100 million last year in a bonuses scheme linked to the policy.

Published 21 March 2018

Help to Buy disproportionately helping larger housebuilders, analysis reveals

Critics of the Scottish Help to Buy scheme have called for the policy to be scrapped after an investigation revealed just three high volume housebuilders have received around £189 million in subsidised mortgages between them.

Published 5 December 2017

‘Damning’ evidence on causes of poverty points to ‘growing class divide’ in housing

A think-tank and advocacy group has called for a “complete overhaul” of the Scottish Government’s approach to housing after “damning” findings revealed that rising housing costs for the poorest Scots since devolution has become a key impediment to reducing poverty.

Published 1 December 2017

Rising rents leads to calls to unfreeze LHA and strengthen rent controls

Concerns have been raised that more people could lose their homes after the cost of a typical two-bed private rental property rose by 4.4% in the last year.

Published 15 November 2017

Letter to the Editor: Common Weal responds to Homes for Scotland letter

After Homes for Scotland moved to clarify claims it was “anti social housing” for calling for a wider focus on housebuilding in Scotland, Ben Wray from think-tank Common Weal provides his own reaction.

Published 26 October 2017

Homes for Scotland’s anti-social housebuilding agenda ‘out of touch with reality’

Homes for Scotland’s view that a focus on affordable and social housing is exacerbating Scotland’s housing crisis and fails to grasp the commercial realities of development is “out of touch with reality” and must be “rejected outright” by the Scottish Government, according to a think-tank.

Published 24 October 2017

New income guarantee scheme launched to boost PRS investment

Housing minister Kevin Stewart has announced the launch of the UK’s first Rental Income Guarantee Scheme (RIGS) to support investment in private rented housing.

Published 12 October 2017

Scottish Government should reconsider value of ‘uniquely insecure’ PRS

The private rented sector (PRS) has tripled in size since the advent of devolution and its reversal is a goal that Holyrood should “triumph not fear”, a new report has argued.

Published 10 October 2017

Scottish charities call for halt to roll-out of ‘flawed’ Universal Credit

A group of 24 Scottish charities have come together to urge the UK government to stop the roll-out of the Universal Credit system in Scotland.

Published 31 August 2017

Architect Malcolm Fraser makes case for ‘repair and renew’ strategy for housing

Scotland could tackle its housing crisis with a serious effort to repair and renew existing urban infrastructure, especially in town centres, according to one of the country’s leading architects.

Published 13 October 2016

New report calls for a living rent for Scotland's private tenants

A new report has outlined comprehensive plans to reduce rents in the private rented sector (PRS) as a crucial part of addressing Scotland's housing crisis.

Published 14 October 2015