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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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Scottish poverty study calls on Governments to tackle rising deprivation

The percentage of households falling below society’s minimum standard of living has increased from 14% to 33% over the last 30 years, despite the size of the economy doubling. This is one of the stark findings from the largest study of poverty and deprivation ever conducted in the UK.

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Housing vulnerable and marginalised people – the role of housing providers

Dr. Volker Busch-Geertsema has researched homelessness in both Germany and the rest of Europe for more than 25 years. In this short film, he discusses the role of social housing providers in accommodating marginalised populations.

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Tackling Poverty in the UK: the best evidence and the right perspective

Earlier this year, I took part in an event focusing on how lasting change for people and places in poverty can be achieved. Here is my answer - By Beth Watts.

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The role of housing research in mitigating inequality – Interview with Professor Duncan Maclennan

In this short film, Professor Duncan Maclennan will reflect on the role that housing research can play in mitigating the growth in inequality in many western countries.

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All in the mind?

Can we change the way people use their cars by understanding the reasons behind their behaviour? Emma Mbabazi writes about her PhD research.

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What difference do Scotland’s legal rights to housing make to homelessness? An interview with Beth Watts

Watch an interview by Beth Watts about the difference Scotland’s legal rights to housing make to the experiences of homeless people

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Inaugural Lecture: After the Iron Curtain

The full film of Professor Mark Stephen's inaugural lecture is now available. On Wednesday 30th of April 2014, Mark spoke about the complex picture of post-communist housing in a variety of former 'Eastern Bloc' countries.

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‘Designing out’: a callous or compassionate response to rough sleeping?

The installation of 'spikes' to deter rough sleepers from bedding down in a doorway in London has prompted an outcry in social media. Dr Sarah Johnsen considers the ethicality of 'designing out' rough sleepers.

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MSc in Sustainable Urban Management now accredited by RICS

Improving the sustainability of cities is a major global challenge for the twenty first century. The MSc in Sustainable Urban Management addresses the environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainability.

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Rethinking Planning: The Interface with Spatial Economic Forces

Colin Jones explains how planners need to shape, rather than fight market forces in order to improve living conditions and achieve social goals.

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Homelessness in Northern Ireland

This report is part of the UK homelessness monitors series and focuses on homelessness in Northern Ireland. It provides a ‘baseline’ account of the situation in 2013, spanning issues of rough sleeping, temporary accommodation, statutory homelessness and ‘hidden’ homelessness.

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Some thoughts on the property tax reform stand-off

Chris Leishman reflects on the curious cross-roads of events and economic circumstances which prompted the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s re-evaluation of council tax reforms.

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Urban Refugees and the Challenge of the Slums

Assessing the vulnerability of refugee groups is a major obstacle for humanitarian action in urban areas. Aisling O'Loghlen investigates vulnerability of refugees in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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Evidence on the Third National Planning Framework for Scotland

Professor Glen Bramley gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament, Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee. He provided a written note of evidence which is reproduced here.

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Reflections on the growth of food aid in today’s Scotland

Dr. Nicola Livingstone reports on the diverse nature of food aid in Scotland. The growth of food inequalities is a worrying development in UK society and a reflection on the government’s welfare reforms and our austerity economy...

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The Challenge of an Ageing Population for Social Housing

The UK population, like in many countries, is ageing - with wide consequences for society and the economy. Almost one fifth of elderly households live in social housing. By Professor Colin Jones

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