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Ten steps to increasing housing supply in England

I-SPHERE Housing Economist Glen Bramley gives his ‘Ten Point Plan’ for increasing housing supply in England.

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No One Said It Would Be Easy: Reforming Local Taxation In Scotland

Professor Mark Stephens welcomes today’s report on local tax reform, but warns that it is only the first step on the road to replacing the Council Tax in Scotland.

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The Coming of the Green Office Revolution?

New I-SPHERE research is the first to look at the development of the market for green offices in the UK. It sheds light on the challenges for the greening of the UK’s office stock.

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Housing in Sweden: Not Such a Paradise

Mark Stephens questions whether the Swedish housing system provides a suitable template for reform in the UK

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I-SPHERE research highlights impact of cuts on local services

Research conducted by I-SPHERE and University of Glasgow researchers exploring the 'cost of the cuts' used to highlight impact of budget cuts on local authority services.

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Youth homelessness in the UK

Dr Beth Watts discusses the findings of a review of youth homelessness policy and practice in the UK, identifying priorities for future service development and investment.

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Public Spaces Protection Orders, rough sleepers and media storms

Professor Sarah Johnsen discusses the recent controversy provoked by the development of Public Spaces Protection Orders targeting rough sleepers in towns and cities across England and Wales

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Social security for young people – how does the UK compare?

Professor Mark Stephens and Janice Blenkinsopp discuss the findings of their international review of young people's social security entitlements.

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The cost of the cuts: a social impact tool for local authorities

As local authorities continue to face difficult decisions amid ongoing austerity measures, Joseph Rowntree Foundation has worked with researchers at the University of Glasgow and I-SPHERE, Heriot-Watt University to produce a tool to help councils assess the impact of cuts on services and the public.

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I-SPHERE submits evidence to House of Lords on National Policy for the Built Environment

This blog reproduces evidence submitted to the House of Lords Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment by I-SPHERE Professors Glen Bramley, Neil Dunse and Chris Leishman.

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Wenjie Wu receives World Social Science Fellow award

Dr. Wenjie Wu, Associate Professor at I-SPHERE, Heriot Watt University, has been awarded as a World Social Science Fellow in Big Data and Urban Contexts by the International Social Science Council.

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Scottish commercial property after the credit crunch

Based on new I-SPHERE research just published by the Scottish Property Federation, Prof. Colin Jones and Dr. Ed Trevillion examine the direct role of commercial property in Scotland.

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The reconnection of rough sleepers: a complicated ‘game of chicken’?

Research from I-SPHERE and the University of York highlights a disconnect between recognised good practice and what often happens ‘on the ground’ during the 'reconnection' of rough sleepers in England.

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Destitution in the UK – Interim Report published

In this interim report published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, I-SPHERE researchers propose a definition of destitution endorsed by the public and set out plans for a national census of destitution across the UK.

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The most deprived areas have borne the brunt of local government budget cuts

A Joseph Rowntree Foundation report from researchers at the University of Glasgow and Heriot Watt’s I-SPHERE shows that the most deprived areas of England have seen the largest cuts in funding since 2010. The

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Homelessness minister forced to respond to I-SPHERE research

New I-SPHERE research monitoring of the impact of economic and policy developments on homelessness has provoked a strong reaction from Government. Here, Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick responds to the Homelessness Minister's comments.

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Hard Edges cut through eternal standoff on social policy

New research mapping severe and multiple disadvantage in England shines a new and striking light on centuries old debate about whether poor people owe their circumstances to structural economic factors or to moral/behavioural failings.

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The ‘Feeding Britain’ report: Deeper into the woods?

As the lead investigator on the ‘Overview of Food Aid Provision in Scotland’ study and the ‘Review of the Scottish Welfare Fund’, Dr. Filip Sosenko comments on a recent Westminister enquiry on food poverty.

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Having a legal right to settled accommodation empowers homeless people in Scotland

Scotland is very unusual in granting virtually all homeless people a legal entitlement to settled accommodation. Beth Watts asks what difference such legal rights really make to experiences of homelessness.

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A wasted opportunity – the Smith Commission and Housing

The Smith Commission has left the Scottish Parliament with no ability to redesign Housing Benefit. Professor Mark Stephens argues that this is a wasted opportunity.

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Soaring rent rises to leave nearly 6 million private renters living in poverty by 2040

The rising cost of private rents will put the next generation at a much greater risk of poverty, and may result in major increases to Housing Benefit costs.

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Swinney’s stamp duty critics are talking rot– but the real test will be the council tax

The new Land and Buildings Transaction Tax in Scotland is a real improvement. However, it will take the much-needed council tax reform to truly test the Scottish Parliament.

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Miliband’s mansion tax leaves unfair council tax unreformed

Ed Miliband’s proposal to raise £1.2 billion by levying a ‘mansion tax’ on properties worth in excess of £2 million provides no solution to the unresolved issue of property taxation

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Young adults hit hardest by benefit sanctions

A new report published today focuses on conditional welfare arrangements, highlighting the disproportionate impact sanctions are having on young people.

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Miserable in our own way? Poverty, Exclusion, Inequality and the Scottish Independence Debate

Professor Glen Bramley discusses why he believes that from a poverty and welfare perspective, Scotland should stay within the UK.

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