The announcement today by Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, that the new housing bill will contain proposals to bring to an end the right to buy, has made me feel quite old.
The right to buy has been the most significant housing programme for a generation. It has resulted in Scotland having the highest rate of owner occupation growth in western Europe and transformed the landscape from a nation of renters to a nation of owners. It’s not only been a housing revolution but a social and […]
Six months is not a long time. It’s less than a football season; just longer than a school term and about as long as the gestation period for the largest type of bat. But under housing law it’s as long as you have security in your own home if you rent privately.
Being a Minister isn’t a job I would relish in boom times, let alone in bust. But as recent cabinet reshuffles north and south of the border have shown, there is a seemingly endless stream of ambitious politicians ‘incredibly honoured and looking forward’ to taking on bigger and more challenging roles – while budgets shrink […]