University of St Andrews

Centre for Housing Research Event: Challenges in Housing Scotland's People

Friday 17 February 2012

The Centre for Housing Research sponsored a one day roundtable event on February 3 to seek consensus on the housing issues that need urgent attention in Scotland.

Organised by Knowledge Exchange Specialist, Sharon Chisholm, the event was intended to discuss and agree on the important issues by stimulating a conversation with key stakeholders within and beyond the academy, including perspectives from Europe and Australia.

Grainia Long, Interim Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, kicked the day off with a stimulating review of where we have come to, what opportunities have been missed and the urgent need for immediate action. CHR staff also delivered keynote presentations focusing on: the issues facing younger people in the housing market (Dr Kim McKee); the possible impacts of Housing Benefit Reforms (Dr Donald Houston); and the role of equity release mortgage products in family welfare (Dr Beverley Searle).

CHR Director, and Head of School, Prof. Duncan Maclennan rounded off the day by summarising the themes emerging from the discussion, as well as identifying how the key housing issues highlighted might be addressed.