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New Economic Case For Social Housing 2020

By: Shelter Scotland  Published: September 2020

This report makes a new case for social housing. It sets out the evidence about how investing in housing expands the labour force and boosts productivity, as well as the employment and income benefits that would result from building 35,000 social homes between 2021 and 2026 and then maintaining them.


The report goes further than the economic case alone. In following the lead of Bob Black’s Commission on Housing and Wellbeing it recognises both that economic impacts are not the only things that matter and that social housing contributes significantly to wellbeing in the round.

It identifies how investing in social housing will contribute to Scotland achieving outcomes for education, health, communities and poverty that feature in the National Performance Framework, as well as illustrating how best social housing can support climate objectives.