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Scottish Empty Homes Conference 2017 - Part 1

One of my favourite experiences from 2016 was last November’s Scottish Empty Homes Conference, held in Edinburgh.  So I was determined to attend the 2017 event, which this year was held in Glasgow.

People make Glasgow

Back in the 1970s, when I lived in Edinburgh, Glasgow seemed rather grey and foreboding. It was a place to visit for rock concerts and football matches, but I didn’t get to know the city at all. 

HCA to 'cane' councils that fail on housing delivery targets?

The views expressed in this and other blog posts are entirely those of the author and not those of the Empty Homes Network.

It was disturbing to read of an HCA chief apparently threatening - according to Inside Housing - to 'hammer' or 'cane' councils that fail to deliver housing targets.  The Inside Housing story (subscribers only) reports:

Scottish Empty Homes Conference 2016

Although it took place a few days ago, the Scottish Empty Homes Conference was very much in the same spirit as Empty Homes Week: a call to action and a celebration of what is being achieved.


This was the first time I had attended the event and it was well worth the cross-country trek from Exeter to Edinburgh - not least, I admit, because Edinburgh is a city where I once lived and of which I have many happy memories. It was lovely to wander the sunny streets and be reminded of why it earned the title "the Athens of the North".

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