Comment and opinion

11 December 2017
Over the last three months momentum has been building to one of the largest, if not the largest fundraising events in Edinburgh to help tackle one of society's most profound challenges, the problem of homelessness. At the time of writing this Social Bite's Sleep in the Park has raised nearly £4,000,000 through individuals sleeping out in the heart of the city as a demonstration of the challenge faced by many every day.
22 August 2017
The Edinburgh Region has recently signed a City Deal that has sadly missed the mark when it comes to Placemaking. With just one significant capital investment, targeted in Winchburgh to deliver an additional 3000 homes, there is a long way to go if we are to meet the target of 65,000 new homes in the Region. The time has surely come for us to recognise that it will take a whole market approach and require proper integration of infrastructure investment with a new debate on sharing risk between the public and private sectors.
13 July 2017
Across Scotland and the UK there is a repetitive and persistent message of a housing crisis. Whether you are looking for an affordable home to rent or buy, choices are limited and costs are going up. In Scotland there has been a major focus by Government on the supply of affordable housing, just one part of the jigsaw.
04 July 2017
Cities and their regions across Scotland are on the verge of securing unprecedented levels of capital investment through City Deals. To be successful housing needs to be considered as core national infrastructure too.
01 June 2017
In a welcome move, the Scottish Government has signalled a strong desire to support first time buyers. However, the challenge will be to find suitable homes that are of the right size and standard.
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