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Scotland's Housing Challenges: Thinking Again?

RSA Fellows' PSR Scotland Network with NLS

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 from 18:00 to 19:00 (GMT)

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RSA Fellows’ Public Services Reform (Scotland) Network Joint Event with the National Library of Scotland


All RSA Fellows and their guests and all NLS Friends and Library users are most warmly invited to attend on Wednesday 26th February 2014. The event will be in the Boardroom of NLS on George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 EW.  Doors will open 1745 for the event which will run 1800-1915.  No catering is provided but there is a coffee bar at NLS open prior to the event, and other facilities nearby.  Before you register, please see the notes on photographsand Data Protection.  If you have any need for access help, please email   Professor Maclennan's biography follows the event information.



- Beneath the relentless roar of the ‘Yes/No’ constitutional debate Scotland’s housing system is equally steadfastly towards a state of crisis. Housing outcomes indicate a sharply reduced, and still falling, output of non-market rental homes to meet the needs of lower income Scot’s. In the market sector, despite much hyped ‘recovery’ output remains slumped at historically low levels and market transaction and price levels remain flat in most locations. Targets for meeting social housing quality standards are unmet or postponed. Benefit reforms are further exacerbating the difficulties facing some poorer Scots.

- Imminent government measure to provide ‘Help to Buy’, to often quite affluent Scots, seems set to return the market system to the trajectory that cause so many difficulties through and after 2007. A national addiction of Scotland’s political classes to raising home ownership rates is to be slaked with more sums of subsidy and support that could be used to underpin rental investments.

- With households already burdened with extensive housing debts and younger households facing new real constraints ‘private’ solutions to the emerging suite of Scottish may take some time. And with spending cuts still feed through to 2016 on a scale that will surpass those over the last three years it is clear that the existing ’delivery’ systems for Scottish housing will not deliver very much. Sticking to present approaches is a recipe for ‘non-delivery’ and growing housing difficulties will be apparent.

- System and policy change is required to meet our housing challenges.  In summary, the aim is to set out the principles and measures that will fashion a housing system that is both fairer and more effective for Scots.

BIOGRAPHY: Professor Duncan Maclennan CBE FRSE, Director of the Centre for Housing Research, University of St Andrews

Professor Maclennan is an international expert on the development of cities, the renewal of neighbourhoods and the economics of housing. After a long career at the University of Glasgow, where he directed the Centre for Housing and Urban Research (1982-96), the ESRC Cities Programme (1996-99) and the Centre for Public Policy on Regions (2004-04), he worked in senior government and academic posts in both Australia and Canada. After moving to Canada in 2005 he held a joint appointment as Professor of Urban Economic Policy at the University of Ottawa and as Chief Economist at the Federal Department for Infrastructure. Professor Maclennan has advised governments on housing policy in the UK, Poland, France, Sweden, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and Australia. He has also served as Principal Consultant to the OECD. In 1997 he was awarded a CBE in recognition of his contribution to housing and renewal policies in the UK.  He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, an honorary member of both the UK Royal Town Planning Institute and the Charted Institute of Housing and was made an honorary member of the RICS in 2013.


NOTES: (1) The RSA, RSA Fellows’ PSR Network and NLS will retain data provided during registration to advise about future events.   (2) Photographs may be taken at the event; if you wish to be excluded from these please advise the event organiser in writing and make yourself known on arrival. (3) Full information about the RSA is at – it is a charity, founded in 1754, and registered in England and Wales no.212424 and in Scotland with OSCR no. SC037784.   RSA Chairman is Vikki Heywood and CEO is Matthew Taylor, with the local RSA Scotland Committee being chaired by John Naylor. RSA Scotland and RSA Fellows’ Wellbeing Network and MCICH Network activities may be found on the relevant sections of the website.

Do you have questions about Scotland's Housing Challenges: Thinking Again?? Contact RSA Fellows' PSR Scotland Network with NLS

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National Library of Scotland
George IV Bridge
EH1 1EJ Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 from 18:00 to 19:00 (GMT)

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