At the end of the fifties, Scotland had the greatest amount of public housing stock in Western Europe. And yet, the council and social housing (e.g. Housing Associations) combined now represent just 23% of all tenures, following a period of twenty five years when not a single council housing was built.
This session will review the key moments in that transformation: the stigmatisation and decline of public housing, the rise of social housing, right-to-buy and stock transfer policies. As a union, our vision of safe, secure, and genuinely public and not-for-profit housing for all is a direct challenge to the housing system that has emerged from these moments. By understanding the forces shaping Scotland’s social and public housing landscape, we can start to build effective campaigns able to change policy at a national level.
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This training is part of Living Rent’s training program supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Foundation.