Housing and Planning

SB 14-50 Housing Benefit Statistics

17 July 2014
This briefing presents some of the key statistics on housing benefit within the context of housing benefit reform.

SB 14-17 Discretionary Housing Payments

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.

SB 14-12 Defective and Dangerous Buildings (Recovery of Expenses) (Scotland) Bill

5 February 2014
The Defective and Dangerous Buildings (Recovery of Expenses) (Scotland) Bill is a Member’s Bill, introduced by David Stewart MSP.

SB 14-05 National Planning Framework for Scotland 3

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.

SB 14-02 The Housing (Scotland) Bill

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.

SB 13-35 Comparison of the Planning Systems in the Four UK Countries

19 June 2013
This paper describes and compares the current land use planning systems operating in the four UK countries.

SB 12-49 Affordable Housing Supply Funding

18 July 2012
This briefing provides information on how the Scottish Government helps to fund the supply of affordable housing in Scotland.

SB 12-46 Allocation of Social Rented Housing

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.

SB 11-56 Frequently Asked Questions: Factoring and maintenance of common property

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.

SB 11-36 Homelessness: Subject Profile briefing

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.

SB 11-31 Housing: Subject Profile briefing

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.

SB 11-30 Town and Country Planning in Scotland briefing

16 May 2011
This briefing provides an introduction to town and country planning in Scotland.

SB 11-22 Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 briefing

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.

SB 11-15 Property Factors (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 briefing

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.

SB 11-03 Housing Benefit Changes - Implications for Scotland briefing

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.

SB 11-01 Long Leases (Scotland) Bill briefing

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.

Green Belt Policy in Scotland briefing

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.

SB 10-81 Draft Budget 2011-12: Local Government and Communities briefing

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

Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Bill briefing

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.

Housing (Scotland) Bill: as Amended at Stage 2 briefing

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.

Property Factors (Scotland) Bill briefing

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

Scottish Housing Market – Update briefing

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.

Housing (Scotland) Bill briefing

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.

Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3 briefing

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

Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill briefing

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.

Compulsory Purchase and the Planning System briefing

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.

Draft Budget 2010-11: Local Government and Communities briefing

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.

Scottish Housing Market - Update briefing

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.

Housing - Subject Profile briefing

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.

Mapping the Recession - May 2009 briefing

This briefing maps the latest data for a selection of indicators from which we are able to identify trends within the Scottish economy.

Personal Debt, Bankruptcy and Homes briefing

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.

National Planning Framework for Scotland 2 briefing

This briefing summarises the key points of the discussion draft of NPF2 published by the Scottish Government on 9 January 2008.

Scottish Housing Market briefing

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

Common Property and Open Spaces: Management, Repair and Maintenance briefings

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).

Impact of the Credit Crunch on the Scottish Economy and the Scottish Housing Market briefing

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.

Rural Housing - International Perspectives briefing

This briefing provides a short overview of rural housing in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Norway.

Home Report briefing

The briefing provides an overview of the development of the Home Report and what it will mean in practice.

Rural Housing briefing

This briefing provides an overview of housing in rural Scotland and outlines relevant policy initiatives.

Allocation of Social Rented Housing briefing

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' Power to Call-in Planning Applications briefing

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.

Supporting People (Updated) briefing

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.

Private Sector Housing - Subject Profile briefing

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.

House Prices (Updated) briefing

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.

Town and Country Planning - Subject Profile briefing

This briefing provides a brief introduction to the Scottish planning system and the changes introduced by the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006.