31 March 2017
The council tax reduction scheme reduces how much council tax a low income household has to pay. This briefing provides background to the scheme and details of how it is calculated.
30 January 2017
The Scottish Government published ‘The draft Climate Change Plan – The draft third report on policies and proposals 2017-2032 ’ on 19 January 2017.
05 December 2016
This briefing provides an overview of housing policy in Scotland.
3 June 2016
This is part of a series of SPICe briefings on the social security powers that will be devolved by the Scotland Act 2016.
03 June 2016
The Scotland Act 2016 devolves a range of social security powers to the Scottish Parliament.
13 June 2016
This briefing describes the current legislative and administrative framework, and identifies the main agencies involved. It also highlights forthcoming developments in the Scottish planning system.
02 June 2016
This briefing provides an overview of the Scottish Government’s housing supply budget.
15 March 2016
This briefing aims to support MSPs with their constituency casework relating to major housing adaptaions.
8 March 2016
This briefing provides a summary of the parliamentary scrutiny of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill prior to the Stage 3 proceedings which are scheduled to take place on Thursday 17 March 2016.
21 January 2016
This paper describes and compares aspects of the current land use planning systems operating in the four UK countries.
28 October 2015
The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill is a government bill that was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 7 October 2015. This briefing discusses the background to the Bill and the main provisions in the
16 October 2015
This briefing provides information about sources of statistics on private sector rents, trends in private rent levels, current legislative provisions about rents in private tenancies and a background to the debate abo
27 April 2015
The Bill would remove Scottish Ministers’ power to compel a trust port, with an annual turnover above a certain level, to bring forward privatisation proposals. It also makes minor amendments to the Harbours Act 1964.
21 January 2015
This briefing provides a background to the UK Government’s current welfare reform agenda, details of the main political parties’ submissions to the Smith Commission, and details of the proposals made by the Smith Commi
24 November 2014
This short briefing aims to answer some of the key questions raised about the operation of the call-in process.
17 July 2014
This briefing presents some of the key statistics on housing benefit within the context of housing benefit reform.
20 February 2014
This briefing provides background to Discretionary Housing Payments, the levels of funding available and a summary of some of the key debates about the use of DHPs.
5 February 2014
The Defective and Dangerous Buildings (Recovery of Expenses) (Scotland) Bill is a Member’s Bill, introduced by David Stewart MSP.
20 January 2014
This briefing provides a short history of the National Planning Framework. It summarises the changes to the status of the NPF and parliamentary approval process introduced by the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006.
10 January 2014
The Housing (Scotland) Bill covers a wide range of issues concerning social and private housing. This briefing sets out the background to the Bill and summarises its main provisions.
19 June 2013
This paper describes and compares the current land use planning systems operating in the four UK countries.
18 July 2012
This briefing provides information on how the Scottish Government helps to fund the supply of affordable housing in Scotland.
04 July 2012
This briefing provides information on how houses in the social rented sector are allocated. It covers the legislative framework, housing allocation policies in practice, key statistics and future issues.
4 August 2011
This briefing provides a general introduction to the law in relation to a variety of recurring topics, including how decisions about the maintenance of communal areas should be made etc.
2 June 2011
This briefing provides an overview of legislation relating to homelessness, key statistics and policy issues, including how local authorities are progressing towards the 2012 target to abolish priority need.
18 May 2011
This subject profile provides a general introduction to housing issues in Scotland. It describes the legislative and administrative framework relating to housing and summarises recent policy developments.
16 May 2011
This briefing provides an introduction to town and country planning in Scotland.
The Stage 3 debate on the Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Bill is scheduled to take place on 17 March 2011. This briefing is intended to provide a summary of the main amendments to the Bill agreed during Stage 2.
This briefing considers some key recommendations made by the Local Government and Communities Committee in its stage 1 report, the response by the Member in charge of the Bill and the Scottish Government to those recommendations.
This briefing provides an overview of the main changes proposed to housing benefit, and draws together information on the comment that has been made on the potential impact of the measures, particularly as they relate to Scotland.
The Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 10 November 2010. This briefing provides an introduction to the relevant law, an overview of the Bill’s proposals and a discussion of some of the key policy issues associated with the Bill.
This briefing provides background information on Scotland’s Green Belts and outlines current Scottish Government Green Belt policy. It looks at how this national policy is interpreted at a local level, using the Edinburgh Green Belt as a case study.
24 November 2010
The Scottish Government published ‘Scotland’s Spending Plans and Draft Budget 2011-12’ on 17 November. This paper provides an overview of the local government, housing and regeneration budgets proposed for 2011-12
The Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Bill seeks to amend the private landlord registration scheme and the Houses in Multiple Occupation licensing scheme, and would also introduce a new statutory overcrowding notice.
This briefing is intended to provide a summary of the main issues raised during Stage 2 consideration of the Housing (Scotland) Bill, and the amendments agreed.
This briefing is intended to provide some background and context to the Bill. It describes the property services market, including the land maintenance market, in Scotland and considers existing legislative provisions and remedies for resolving disputes
This briefing provides information on how the current economic climate is impacting on the housing market in Scotland. It includes information on house prices, the housing market, affordability, initiatives to support first-time buyers and homeowners.
This briefing provides background information on the regulation of social landlords, right to buy, private sector housing legislation, unauthorised tenancies and homelessness before outlining the main proposals in the Bill.
Stage 3 proceedings in relation to the Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill are due to take place on 11 February 2010. This briefing summarises the Local Government and Communities Committee’s stage 1 report
The Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Parliament on 1 October 2009 by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing. The Bill contains measures to protect people struggling to deal with debt.
This short briefing outlines the compulsory purchase powers available to local authorities under planning legislation, considers human rights issues associated with the exercise of such powers.
The Scottish Government published the Draft Budget for 2010-11(Scottish Government 2009a) on Thursday 17 September. This paper provides an overview of the local government, housing and regeneration budgets proposed for 2010-11.
This briefing provides information on house prices, the housing market, initiatives to support first-time buyers and homeowners, mortgage arrears and repossessions and the house building industry.
This subject profile provides a general introduction to housing in Scotland. It describes the legislative and administrative framework relating to housing and summarises recent policy developments.
This briefing maps the latest data for a selection of indicators from which we are able to identify trends within the Scottish economy.
Since 2007 Scotland, in common with much of the rest of the world, has been in the grip of a ‘credit crunch’, ie a sudden, severe and prolonged reduction in the availability of loans affecting all areas of the economy.
This briefing summarises the key points of the discussion draft of NPF2 published by the Scottish Government on 9 January 2008.
This briefing note provides information on how the current economic climate is impacting on the housing market in Scotland. It includes information on house prices, house sales transactions and mortgage availability and the impact on the housebuilding
This briefing describes the current legal framework surrounding common property management and the management of open spaces, including the appointment, function and dismissal of property managers (factors).
This briefing outlines the origin and global nature of the current credit crunch and assesses the impact on the Scottish economy to date with particular reference to the housing market.
This briefing provides a short overview of rural housing in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Norway.
The briefing provides an overview of the development of the Home Report and what it will mean in practice.
This briefing provides an overview of housing in rural Scotland and outlines relevant policy initiatives.
This briefing provides information on how houses in the social rented sector are allocated. It covers the legislative framework, housing allocation policies in practice, choice based lettings and common housing registers.
Scottish Ministers’ recent decision to call-in an application for the development of a golf resort has focussed attention on the call-in process. This short briefing aims to answer some of the key questions about the operation of the call-in process.
This briefing outlines the key features of the “Supporting People” programme and considers the impact it has made. This briefing updates SPICe Briefing SB 04-28 Supporting People.
This subject profile provides an introduction to private sector housing in Scotland. It describes the legislative framework, and summarises recent policy developments and key issues arising.
This briefing provides an overview of key house prices statistics. An overview of trends in house prices at a UK and Scotland level is given.
This briefing provides a brief introduction to the Scottish planning system and the changes introduced by the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006.
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