University of St Andrews

McKee Introduces GWSF’s Manifesto for the Scottish Parliamentary Elections

Wednesday 06 April 2016

Dr Kim McKee was invited to write the introduction to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Association's (GWSF) manifesto for the 2016 Scottish Parliamentary elections.

Titled: 'Community-Controlled Housing Associations: our offer to government, our asks to government', outlines the key issues facing the long-standing community housing sector in Scotland, and the support needed for it to continue to flourish.  Key priorities identified include:

  1. Investment in new homes
  2. Forced sale of vacant and derelict land
  3. Tackling poor tenement housing in the private sector
  4. Support for community anchor bodies

Kim has a long association with the forum, having worked with them since her doctoral research (2004-2007), and having published widely on the theme of community ownership of social housing.

GWSF is the leading membership and campaining body for local community-controlled housing associations and co-operatives in the west of Scotland.  The Forum represents 68 memberds who together own around 30% of all housing association stock in Scotland.